2 Chronicles 7:10-14, The Great Day Of Salvation

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Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, and Is your Name Inscribed in the Book of Life?

The Book of Life

by Jews for Jesus

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

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. Teshuvah is one. 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. 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. 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 the book of Leviticus. 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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United We Stand

This past week we have heard a lot of opinions on whether we stand during the playing of our National Anthem or to take a knee.  We also heard the President in a speech call those who kneel an awful name speaking of their mothers.  Which I believe was not appropriate and uncalled for.  As the leader of the Free World you Mr. President must be held to a higher level of Diplomacy.  This kind of talk may be appropriate in your inner circle, even then I think it is un-appropriate.  Having said that, When we stand before God as the great assembly of His Son, Yeshua, “there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, there is neither male nor female;

In the Bible there are different meanings for to Stand. There is a word to Stand for honor or allegiance.  Then there is a word for Stand like In some one hitting a home run or running for a touch down. The Hebrew language has different words for standing up. The Hebrew of Deuteronomy 29:10 uses the word nitzavim (נצבים) when Moses says to the children of Israel, “You stand today, all of you, before the LORD your God.” Nitzavim implies standing at attention, more akin to the pledge of allegiance than the home run standing.

In the synagogue, there are certain parts of the service where everyone stands. Whenever the doors of the ark (the chest that contains the Torah scroll) are opened, the entire congregation rises to their feet to express their reverence for God’s Word. Certain prayers also require the congregation to stand and be mindful that they are in the presence of God. When a congregation stands together before God, it is more than a room full of individuals. By standing together to revere God, the congregation expresses itself as a single body.

In Deuteronomy 29, Moses knew that he was about to die. Before he left the children of Israel, he wanted to see them committed to the LORD. He asked the children of Israel to STAND at attention in reverence before God. He had come to the end of his long depiction of the covenant, its history, its terms and obligations, and its consequences. Now it was time to invite the children of Israel to affirm their commitment to live according to everything that he had just said.

When we stand before God as the great assembly of His Son, Yeshua, “there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, there is neither male nor female; for [we] are all one in the Messiah Yeshua, and Messiah is all, and in all” (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11). As believers, both heirs and coheirs with the great people of Israel, we should always endeavor to remember that differences and distinctions of person and station are irrelevant to our standing in Messiah.  (excerpts taken from FFOZ)

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What Time Is It?


On the 21st was a Solar Eclipse and the 25th and 26th Harvey made landfall. Luke 21: 25-26: the parenthesis are my thoughts.

25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; (Solar Eclipse on August 21) and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity,(North Korea threatening Nuclear War and Israel bombed a Syrian/Iranian chemical plant deep in Syria last night) the sea and the waves roaring; (Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and today an 8.3 Earthquake and Tsunami in Mexico/Monsoon rains in Asia flooding) 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, (hopelessness and Fear) for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Principalities and Demonic Wickedness in the Heavenlies Warring in the Heavenlies). 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” ( Jesus has fulfilled the Feast of Passover and Pentecost. At Feast of Tabernacles- Rosh Hashanah He will return. Also Rosh Hashanah is the Head of the year…New Biblical Year of 5778, the year of redemption or the year of the Capstone. On the third day of this New Year is September 23 when the Star of Bethlehem Appears which happens every 2000 years and Revelation 12 describes. And 5778 represents 70 the number of a generation which is 70 years 1948 when Israel was recognized as a Nation.).

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Elul Confounding Satan

Day 4 and 5 of Teshuvah: Rosh Chodesh (first Shabbat of the month)

Elul Confounding the Satan

During this Biblical month of Elul there is spiritual war taking place. It is not taking place in some heavenly realm; it is a battle for our hearts.

The shofar truly is a beautiful symbol, and it has many deep spiritual lessons for us. And it is effective in spiritual warfare, although not the way that charismatic Christianity envisions it. That by blowing the Shofar in every service it defeats the enemy. By setting the shofar in its proper context, we are able to perceive its powerful biblical messages.

In its context, the talmudic statement about “confounding the Satan”[1] does not mean that the sound of the shofar magically paralyzes all demonic forces whenever it is blown. The statement is preceded by the question (and I paraphrase), “Why do we blast the shofar on Rosh HaShanah so many times in different ways?”

The reason that this confounds the Satan—the Accuser, that is—is because it shows our great love for the mitzvot(commandment), our trust in God’s forgiveness, and our confidence in a judgment in our favor. Because of our repentance, which is hailed by the shofar blast, the Satan has no opportunity to accuse us and make any case for a negative judgment.

There truly is a spiritual war taking place. It is important for us to realize, however, that it is not taking place in some heavenly realm; it is a battle for our hearts.

Exhaling through the antler of an expired antelope may be effective if we were fighting against “flesh and blood,” but as we know, “though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” [2]

The list of spiritual armor that we find in Ephesians 6:10-18 makes no mention of the ram’s horn (or anything else actually visible to human eyes, for that matter). The shofar call of Rosh HaShanah is different in that the sound is a message for our own human ears—not the angelic, demonic, or divine. The voice of the shofar brings victory in our hearts by provoking us to repent. It is the act of repentance that “confounds the Satan.”

Copied from First Fruits of Zion

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A Prayer For Your Family During Teshuvah

Here is a great prayer to pray over your family during these 40 Days of Teshuvah:

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.


** 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 21:22 TPT)

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 3:16-21 TPT)

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). copied

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A Season of Restoration and Provision

Blow The Trumpet in Zion. Tonight at sundown begins the Biblical season of Teshuvah. Teshuvah means, Return to God in Repentance. For the next 40 days people of God will be blowing their Shofar each day as an alarm to wake up the nations to prepare for Yom Kippur,(Day of Atonement.) One of the greatest truth of this time in Biblical understanding, is God will be judging how we’ve treated our fellowman this past year. A Jewish understanding of Scripture teaches that God sees how we have treated others. So this is a time of repentance. Have how have we treated the widows, orphans, and the poor? How is our relationship with our family, friends, work associates, and neighbors?
The Fundamental truth of this 40 day season is the Shema, “hear oh Israel the Lord He is one.” And, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.”
If ever before in our Nation and through out the world we need to pray the prayer of 2 Chonicles 7:14, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.:
As you pray during this forty day season… remember 40 is the Hebrew number for Testing, pray 2 Chronicles 7:14.
The biblical book of Malachi is a picture of Teshuvah along with the book of Ruth. Malachi is called “The Great Assembly.” After Israel had been in exile the elders gathered in Jerusalem to inquire of the Lord, “why Have You forsaken us?” Why are we always enslaved and in exile? God speaks through Malachi for Israel to return to Him by remembering the Feasts in their seasons and to bring their Tithe and Feast Offerings to the storehouse.
The book of Ruth is the story of King Boaz a typology of Yeshua who was in the field and notice the gentile woman Ruth who had chosen to stay in Jerusalem to serve her mother in love, Naomi. So just like the season of Teshuvah this is also the season when the King Yeshua is in your field with open arms to forgive, heal, and restore. This also is a season leading to Yom Kippur a time of family restoration. Each day during this forty days I will be posting a brief thought and prayer as we prepare for the upcoming Feasts of Tabernacles. May God grant you a contrite heart to Return To Him and Restore a right Spirit with in you.
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