We have now entered into the Hebrew New Year of 5776! The Ten Days of Awe is a time when many prophetic Believers receive revelation for the new year. Below I highlight some of the things the Lord has been speaking to me – including the coming harvest, increased hunger for the Word, dreams fulfilled, and harvesters released.
Significance of the Jewish New Year
Sunday, September 13 at sundown, marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and we are now in the midst of the Ten Days of Awe. This leads up to the Day of Atonement, which this year is celebrated on the evening of September 22nd through sunset on the 23rd. So Happy New Year from myself and staff and team at Encounters Network!
Rosh Hashanah, also known as Yom ha-Din (Day of Judgement), begins the "Ten Days of Awe" (Yomin Noraim), the "Ten Days of Turning or Repentance" or "the High Holy Days" which conclude with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. During this period, it is customary to greet one another with the phrase, "L'Shanah Tovah Tikateyvu" meaning "May you be inscribed in the Book of Life."
This holiday is both solemn and joyous since it is both the Day of Repentance and the Day of Judgement. It is celebrated for two days. On the first day, some Orthodox Jews practice a custom called "tashlich", which involves going to a body of water and emptying one's pockets or casting bread crumbs into the water. This is symbolic of Micah 7:19, "And you will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea."
A family meal is celebrated which includes honey cake, wine, and apples dipped in honey to symbolize hope for a sweet and happy year. On the second night, a fruit not yet eaten that season is served. Hallah bread, in a round loaf, symbolizing a crown, is another traditional food. It is both a time of seeking the Lord and feasting in His goodness.
In Jesus, we believe He is the promised Messiah; He has made atonement for our sins and He is the way to the Father for each of us. Every day is a new day in Christ. He is the "Bread of Heaven" which has come down for us. Yet as New Covenant Believers we honor the Hebrew calendar and we are invited to celebrate the Feasts of the Lord.
This Jewish New Year is particularly special because it is the Year of Jubilee! On the Jewish calendar, years are observed in seven-year cycles, with a sabbatical year on the seventh year. Then at the culmination of every seven cycles (a total of 49 years) comes the 50th year: the Year of Jubilee, when all agricultural work ceased, all land was returned to its original owner and all slaves were released into freedom! (See Leviticus 25:8-24.) God wants to unload His immeasurable blessings on you in this new year!
My Prophetic Insights for 5776
During the 10 Days of Awe, many prophetic Believers receive revelatory dreams and visions from the Lord as they consecrate themselves to seeking the face of God. For my own life, this has annually been a special time during which the Spirit of Revelation has seemed to be greater upon my life. So what should we expect in 5776 (at the Head of the New Year)?
Here are some of the things that the Lord has been highlighting to me for this year:
• An unusual movement of the Holy Spirit is beginning among nomads or the displaced people of the earth seeking refuge in the natural – but they will find it in the Lord Himself. Tens of thousands of Muslims will come to faith in Jesus as their one true God!
• The Word of God will be "alive and active" and we will learn to meditate, speak and declare the Word of Life. There will be a revival of the Word of God!
• A fresh wave of equipping the saints will crash in upon the shores of the Church empowering Believers to be "sent ones" into the fields of Harvest.
• A reset button will be pushed for many people's lives, marriages, families, economics and a time of dreams being fulfilled. It's time to dream again!
• It's a time of reaping the seed sown in previous seasons. God remembers your prayers, labors and tears and He will reward you.
Dr. James W. Goll is the president of Encounters Network, director of Prayer Storm, and coordinates Encounters Alliance, a coalition of leaders. He is director of God Encounters Training – an e-school of the heart, and is a member of the Harvest International Ministries apostolic team. He has shared Jesus in more than 50 nations worldwide, teaching and imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. James is the prolific author of numerous books and has also produced multiple study guides and hundreds of audio and video messages. James was married to Michal Ann for 32 years before her graduation to Heaven in the fall of 2008. James has four adult children who all love Jesus, and continues to make his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
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September 27 - October 3, 2015
Feast of Tabernacles
Speakers: James Goll, John Perks, Pat Francis, Wesley & Stacey Campbell
New Day Church at 8610 Bame Road, Colfax, NC 27235
October 19, 2015 (AM service)
436 Birch Grove Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901
Contact: (406) 257-7112