Elul is the sixth month on the Hebrew calendar and leads into the High Holidays of Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot (The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles). The Fall Feasts are the only remaining feasts yet to be fulfilled.
Jesus gave a warning in two parables in Matthew 25; I encourage you to read Matthew twenty-four and twenty-five on your own as space is limited in this blog format. In chapter twenty-five, Jesus tells of the five wise and foolish virgins. This eludes to the month of Elul, a time to wake up and prepare for the coming of the Messiah.
Ephesians 5:13-21 TLV “Yet everything exposed by the light is being made visible, 14 for everything made visible is light. This is why it says, “Wake up, O sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Messiah will shine on you.” 15 So pay close attention to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise. 16 Make the most of your time because the days are evil. 17 For this reason do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 And do not get drunk on wine, for that is recklessness. Instead, be filled with the Ruach, 19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your heart to the Lord— 20 always giving thanks for everything to God the Father, in the name of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 21 Also submit yourselves to one another out of reverence for Messiah—”
If you ever have the time, do a study on the word awake, we are prone to fall asleep, get distracted, or be led away into sin – this is why Elul is so important, it gives us ample time to get back on track before the coming of the Lord. While Scripture says no man knows the day or the hour, we will know the signs, and because every other feast was fulfilled exactly, we can expect the same with the Fall Feasts.
Elul is an acronym in Hebrew for Song of Solomon 6:3, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Jesus said, if you love Me, you will obey Me. Now is the time to catch up on your Bible study, praying, giving, and repenting so that you are ready for the coming of the Lord. But what if the Lord doesn’t come, you ask? If He doesn’t come this year, you have set yourself back on the right path and that’s a good thing.
This is a time of repentance, to awaken from spiritual slumber, and to turn back into the direction from which you came. This is a time to make sure our hearts are right with the Lord.
Elul begins Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Sundown. To prepare your heart for the Fall Feasts I recommend reading a chapter of Matthew each day starting Sunday and using cross-references to the Old Testament. Put your actions, sins, and good deeds for this year before the Lord, ask forgiveness, and remind God of His promises. The Fall Feasts are a time of grand celebration with the King of the Universe, let’s be prepared for the celebration.
Blowing the shofar and reading Psalm 27 aloud daily during the month of Elul (August 28 – September 25, 2022) is customary.
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