Messianic Fall Holidays – Holidays that teach us about our Messiah
The fall holidays are split into two different sets of holidays with two different themes. The first set of holidays are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, connected by the Ten Days of Awe, collectively called the High Holy Days. The second is the weeklong holiday of Sukkot, along with the minor holidays of Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, & the Ten Days of Awe have general themes of repentance, the kingship and sovereignty of the Lord, and forgiveness for sin.
Sukkot begins a few days after Yom Kippur, and is a week-long celebration of the provision and goodness of the Lord, and His desire to dwell with us.
In this article, we want to focus on the first set of holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah | רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה | rOHsh ha shah-nAH
Beginning the fall holidays is the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, also known as Yom Teruah. Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” and is the name given to the holiday before the days of Yeshua. It is called Yom Teruah in Scripture, which means “day of loud noise/shouting/blowing”.
One main reference to this holiday in Scripture is in Leviticus 23:23-25 where HaShem commands a holy convocation and the blowing of trumpets.
As a holiday, we celebrate a few different things on Rosh Hashanah. It is believed that the world was created on Rosh Hashanah, so we celebrate the new year on this day. And as the Messiah is the king of the world, and trumpets are used to announce the entrance of a king, we also celebrate His kingship. It is widely believed that the Messiah will return again to reign on earth on Rosh Hashanah.
In addition to these, this holiday begins the Ten Days of Awe – 10 days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur. During these ten days, we focus on making our lives right before the Lord and before others. We search our hearts and apologize to HaShem and to people in our lives whom we have wronged. Doing this begins our year with the right focus and prepares our hearts for Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur | יוֹם כִּפּוּר | yOHm kee-pOOr
Yom Kippur means “day of atonement.” It was the day that atonement was made in the temple for the sins of the people of Israel. On that day, the Ten Days of Awe culminate in a special time of prayer, repentance, and receiving the forgiveness that the Lord gives us.
Yom Kippur is first mentioned in Scripture in Leviticus 23:26-32. There the Lord gives a strict prohibition on any work, and it is commanded as a day of fasting and “afflicting” one’s self.
As a holy day, we fast from food and other pleasantries and focus the day on prayer, worship, and Scripture. We close this day with a breaking of the fast after sunset, rejoicing in the forgiveness that the Lord so freely offers!
Services for the 2017 High Holy Days at Kehilat Yeshua:
Yom Kippur Study & Prayer – Sept. 30, 2017 at 11:00am (Special Yom Kippur Study – Jonah)