The deep meaning of the Hebrew 6th month of Elul that we’re in right now.
We are currently well into the month of Elul, the 6th month of the Hebrew calendar. Why do I bring this up?
Most of you who read our blogs and hear our sermons realize we also practice what Yeshua (Jesus) and Paul and the early believers practiced: they kept God’s 7th day Sabbath and God’s holydays. So even in the New Testament we read of the Passover (Pesach), of Pentecost (Shavuot) – the birthday of the new covenant ekklesia and we know that the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) will be kept during Christ’s millennial reign (Zechariah 14:16-19).
The 7th month of the Hebrew month is called Tishri. It often begins around our mid-late September (which has whispers of “7th” in its very name). The Hebrew 7th month is the month when the final 4 Biblical holydays or festivals are all kept in rapid succession. It’s a time of union and worship to our great God and Savior.
Traditionally, the month before all that -- the 6th Hebrew month Elul -- is a time of deep repentance and for preparing ourselves for these coming holy days. If you wish to read WHY it is the time of repentance and turning, BE SURE to hear my short sermon on this very topic given in August 2013. Just type “ELUL” into the search bar and the audio sermon and notes will pop up for you. Or control-click on this link:
It would be a great topic to review this sabbath or next, and be sure you’re ready for the Fall holydays and for all they represent. Learn what happened in the past that made this 6th month period of time so important for seeking fervently after God. Learn of its connection to preparing for the “Day of the Lord”. Learn about Haggai 1, written during the 6th month. Hear the connection between this month we’re in now with the temple past and future; with Moses’ 2nd trip up Mt Sinai and what happened when he came down the 2nd time—at around the time of the 6th month. And there’s much more!
The Hebrews call it a time of “Teshuvah” – or repentance. In Hebrew, teshuvah has the meaning of turning; both turning from sin but also turning TO our Master. It’s a time to forgive others. Now is the time more than ever to confess our sins to our Maker and ask forgiveness and power to overcome, even as we accept the sacrifice of our Master who took all our sins on himself.
Don’t MISS this meaningful 6th month – the month of Elul in the Hebrew calendar.
Then in a few short weeks, we’ll be into the 7th month – starting with the new moon (no moon visible in Biblical definitions of “new moon”). And before you know it, we’re keeping the Day of Atonement and then the Feast of Tabernacles and then the 8th Day feast.
This website has many sermons about the Fall holydays. On the Home page – see “Messages and Transcripts SERIES”, then click on “Annual Holydays and Feasts of YHVH”. I hope you’ll avail yourself of the many sermons we have archived in here ready for you to feed on and enjoy.