Yamim Noraim

"Days of Awe"

Rosh Hashanah leads to Yom Kippur the day of judgment, thus it is important for us to prepare ourselves spiritually and physically for this important event.

Yamim Noraim / Days of Awe

Out of His great love for His people, GOD seeks to be merciful, and would prefer that man repent rather than perish, so that HE might grant him good in the end.


The LORD YAHUVEH therefore awaits and anticipates the repentance of those who transgress. In HIS abundant mercy, HE granted us special days when HE is closest to us, so that our penitence might be immediately accepted.

As the verse (Isaiah 55:6) states: "Seek the LORD YAHUVEH while HE may be found, call upon HIM while HE is near.

By this Scripture we understand that GOD (ELOHIM) is available to be found at certain times. Likewise, there are also times when GOD isn’t able to be found. This scripture also teaches us by saying ‘HE may be found’ that in the time that YAHUVEH ELOHIM is near, be certain to seek HIM and not let this special time go by. When is the LORD YAHUVEH able to be found and near? In the Ten Days of Awe (in Hebrew called “Yamim Noraim”) between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. This is a very special time that YAHUVEH ELOHIM has created and appointed for us to draw near.

Therefore, even though repentance and prayer are always appropriate, they are especially appropriate in the Days of Awe and are immediately accepted.

According to Jewish tradition, on Rosh HaShanah the destiny of the righteous, in Hebrew called “tzaddikim”, are written in the Book of Life, and the destiny of the wicked, the resha’im, are written in the Book of Death. Most people, however, won’t be inscribed in either book, but are given ten days – until Yom Kippur – to repent before sealing their fate. If a person turns to GOD and makes amends to those whom he has harmed, he may be given another year to live in the following (Jewish) year. The ten days between Rosh HaShanah, our deeds during the first ten days of the new year will determine whether we are written in the book of life or the book of death. The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are therefore accorded special sanctity and are called Aseret Yemei Teshuvah – the “Ten Days of Repentance.” These are days that call for sincere personal repentance so that the divine decree will be given for our good.

As Messianic believers, we maintain that has come and the sacrificial offering of YAHUSHUA HAMASHIACH was given for the atonement of our sins (2 Cor. 5:21). HE is both the perfect fulfillment of the Akedah of Isaac as well as the High Priestly avodah of the Yom Kippur sacrifices. Indeed, we may boldly come before the Throne of grace and ask sincerely for forgiveness. And those who truly belong to YAHUSHUA HAMASHIACH are written into the “LAMB’s Book of Life,” or Sefer HaChayim (Phil. 4:3; Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 17:8). HalleluYAH!"

 

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