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We are in the middle of a very significant month!

Several years ago, our church began celebrating the fall feasts on the Jewish calendar:  the Feast of Trumpets, then ten days later, Feast of Atonement, followed by the joyous Feast of Tabernacles.

As Christians, we are not under a law nor obliged to observe any of these practices.  But some, like the seven Feasts of the Lord, ordained in Leviticus 23, are filled with prophetic meaning and revelations of Jesus the Messiah. To ignore them is to miss out on a significant part of God’s Word. 

“The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts,” says Leviticus 23:1-2. 

God’s appointed feasts.

The ancient Hebrews began their preparations for the fall holidays with a thirty day period of meditation and personal repentance during the month of Elul —which began last weekend, on this year’s calendar. Adding the ten days between Trumpets and Atonement, there is a forty day preparation for the national the day of Atonement 

Elul is actually an acronym in Hebrew for, “I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.”  Elul is a time for God’s people to return to their first love and to prepare for the call of the Trumpet and the Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles.  The significance of all this is causing me to rejoice in God’s meticulous plans for His people.  Moses spent forty days on the mountain receiving God’s Words.  Jesus spent forty days fasting in the wilderness, confronted by Satan.  Forty days is no coincidence.

I can’t wait to share with you what these Jewish holidays mean prophetically and even personally to the Body of Christ, as we celebrate the fall feasts, starting on September 6, 2021 with the Feast of Trumpets.

So many people right now, including me, need prayer and hope.

How wonderful that the heart of Elul is expressed in Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation;
 whom shall I fear?
 The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?… One thing I have desired of the Lord,
that will I seek:
 that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

Let us rejoice and seek the Lord together!

Pastor Ray Bentley

Love God. Love People. Pastor Ray Bentley lived by those words. His love for the Lord and the people he served was demonstrated every day through his actions, leadership, ministry, teaching, sharing, and caring.

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