This week I have had great anticipation in my spirit.
You know how people feel just before January 1 hits, proclaiming a new year? That is how I am feeling in my spirit this week.
And rightly so, we are quickly coming upon the passing of a year on the Jewish calendar. In God’s timing, this year is coming to an end and we are about to embark on a new year. And my spirit is excited!
At sundown on October 2, 2016, Rosh Hashanah begins. This is the Jewish New Year and it begins in just a few days. I wanted to take some time to talk to you about this today as I believe it is very important.
I do not believe we have to follow Jewish customs to walk with God, however, I do believe there is still great power and revelation in observing the ‘set apart’ times in God and this is one of those.
Rosh Hashanah is known as the Jewish New Year and the birthday of the universe, the celebration of when Adam and Eve were created by our God.
This time is filled with candle lightings, festival means and the sounding of the ram’s horn. However, most importantly, it is a time to seek the face of God and study His word.
In the world we live in today, when January approaches many people reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the upcoming year. This practice somewhat applies to the Jewish New Year as God’s people reflect on the year before and pray concerning the year ahead.
Traditionally they quote particular scriptures and declare Gods word over them and their family during this time.
As I said, this holiday begins on sundown, Sunday, October 2 of this year and is completed at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
Why am I telling you this? Because I sense in my spirit that it is a pivotal time in the kingdom of God. I have not always felt this way in times past, but this year I feel very different. It feels that I really need to perceive God in this time, this short amount of day, to keep my eyes on Him and my ears open to His voice. I want to encourage you to do the same thing.
I want to encourage you to pray and seek Gods face during this time. Ask Him to show you anything you need to repent of or make right from the previous year. Ask Him to show you times He blessed you over the past year and then take time to praise and thank Him. Ask Him to show you anything you need to change for the upcoming year. Ask Him to show you things to come.
This time, my friends, is a solemn time on God’s calendar and I don’t want any of us to miss it. Please take time to set aside some time, intimate time with God from Sunday to Tuesday. It will be time well invested.
Monday, I will share a little more with you about this New Year….until then…be extremely blessed!