Glimpses - Divine Appointments of the Seventh Month

Three very important feasts of the LORD occur during the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. Also known as Tishrei, the seventh month begins this year at sundown September 30, 2008.

The first day of the seventh month, which according to tradition coincides with the beginning of Creation, will be Year 5769. More commonly known as the Feast of Trumpets, the first day of the seventh month is a day of blowing the shofar (ram's horn), and is also "a Sabbath-day rest" (Leviticus 23:23).

The blowing of the shofar is seen as a wake-up call, urging the Jewish people to prepare for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), which is held nine days later, on the tenth day of the seventh month (this year October 8-9). This is a time of solemn reflection and confession. " . . . you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering by fire to the LORD." (Leviticus 23:27) This is the day when atonement is made and forgiveness received for the sins of the people of Israel. In Temple times the High Priest was required to enter the Holy of Holies with the blood of the sacrifice, wherein he would make atonement for the people of God. Only the High Priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies, and only on this day.

Five days later, on the fifteenth day of the seventh month is the Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles. Using large leaves and a variety of branches, the people of Israel construct and live in portable shelters (sukkot or tabernacles) reminiscent of when their forefathers wandered in the wilderness, and recalling the goodness of God's provision and protection, despite the desolation and barrenness. A festival of great joy, the Feast of Sukkot is celebrated over eight days -- this year October 14-21.