We have entered a special and sacred time of the year. Rosh Hashana (which, in Hebrew, means “head of the year) begins a New Year on the Jewish Calendar and is observed from the evening of Wednesday, September 20 and ends on the evening of Friday, September 22.
Most importantly, this is the most sacred time of the year on God’s Divine Calendar because Rosh Hashana begins a 10-day period called the High Holy Days. It is also called the “Days of Awe” and “Days of Repentance.” The 10 days end on Yom Kippur, which is Hebrew for “Day of Atonement.”
Yom Kippur (which also means, “covering for sin”) is traditionally observed with a period of intense prayer and asking God and others for forgiveness. This year, Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Friday, September 29 and ends in the evening of Saturday, September 30.
God ordained Yom Kippur as a sacred day for a nation, as well as individuals, to deal with their sin (Leviticus 16:29-30). In the Old Testament, Israel’s High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies, the innermost chamber of the Temple in Jerusalem, to present a sacrifice and ask God to forgive the sins of the people. The annual ritual served as a reminder that perfect atonement had not yet been made.
Believers in Christ are not under the Old Testament Law because Jesus Christ became the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins. Although Jesus Christ has fulfilled God’s Law, Christians can still use this 10-day period to reflect on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross and draw closer to Him. Continue reading
In recent years, there has been an interest among Christians about God’s Biblical calendar and how it can be used as a guide for our spiritual growth and development. Seldom, when we are reading the Bible, do we connect biblical events with the months in which they occurred. Nor do we realize that the principles and blessings that God has established in the Bible are also for us today.
United in Christ Ministries of Canton has discovered the importance of these months and has published, God’s Divine Calendar: Understanding the Biblical Months. God Himself established a Biblical calendar for His people to recognize special celebrations and seasons that occur within the year. The months—and the activities in each month—are found in the Bible, God’s Holy Word.
Although Christians are not obligated to observe biblical celebrations or holidays, such as Passover or Pentecost, we can learn how and why their spiritual significance is still important to us today. What’s more, each biblical month points to some aspect of Jesus Christ. God, in His infinite wisdom, has divinely designed these times to glorify His Son, and we can take advantage of the spiritual blessings available to us through Jesus Christ.
We, at United in Christ Ministries of Canton pray that through this book, you will develop a deeper appreciation for the Bible and God’s plan for His people. You will see God’s Hand consistently at work through His biblical calendar which He has established as yet another way to bless His people and magnify His Son, Jesus Christ.
God’s Divine Calendar: Understanding the Biblical Months is available at Amazon.com. Click HERE to preview the book.