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 NKJV “But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
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.