What Does This Mean For You & I?
The first day of the Ten Days of Awe begins with the Feast of Trumpets and lasts through Yom Kippur which is the Day of Atonement. This is also the beginning of the new Hebrew year, 5783.
Rod Parsley writes: During the Feast of Trumpets, God instructed “you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with a blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.” (Leviticus 23:24, ESV).
His Word also declares “Be in awe and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted throughout the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
The Ten Days of Awe are a time of repentance. We know that Jesus was the sacrifice for all our sin, but the Lord actually wants us to use this time to take inventory of our lives. We are stepping into a new Hebrew year and the Lord does not want to give you wages based upon your sin, doubt and unbelief. The wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23) and whatever a man has sown, he shall surely reap, according to Galatians 6:7. However, repentance leads us back to the Lord and gives us life instead of death.
The Jews believe that the books of heaven are opened and our words and deeds of the last year are examined and that we receive life or death based upon that. But this judgment is not absolute. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This is a time to ask God to forgive you for holding unforgiveness, for speaking words of doubt and unbelief, for behaving in ways that are not pleasing to the Lord. Tell God that you want LIFE this year, and have a repentant heart before Him, and He will grant your request!