The Days of Teshuva begin at sunset on Elul 1st each year and end at sunset the day before Yom Kippurim.
2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
Joel 2:13 – “Tear your heart . . . and turn to Yahweh, your God; for he is gracious and merciful.”
Ezekiel 14:6 – “Thus says Yahweh, ‘Repent, turn away from your idols and turn away from all your abominations’.”
The words translated “turn” and “turn away” are the Hebrew word, shüv [שׁוּב H7725]. Teshuvah comes from the word shüvah, [שׁוּבָה H7729], which in itself comes from the root word, shüv. It means: to turn back, to return. Teshuvah means going back to one’s roots in Yahweh/Yeshua, returning to the true Adam before sin came into the world. It consists of several steps in the Jewish tradition including recognition and admission of the wrong doing and past shortcomings, followed by a renunciation of the action and a firm resolution to change in the future. Teshuvah requires restitution to the wronged party and a promise not to repeat the offense. It also expresses a sincere desire to return to an un-fallen or sinless state.
The forty days of Teshuvah represent the second forty days that Moses spent on Mount Sinai after the Golden Calf incident. The first thirty days ending on Yom Teruah is generally known as the Time of Repentance.
Ten Days of Repentance
Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, or the Ten Days of Repentance are the last ten days starting on Yom Teruah (beginning at sunset on Thursday, September 20th, 2017) and leading up to the day of Yom Kippurim. The first two days of Aseres Yemei Teshuvah are the two days of Yom Teruah, and the third day is the Fast of Gedalia. Beginning on the second day, the shofar is blown every day as a warning to return to Yahweh in repentance. The tenth day is the last day of Teshuvah, the day of Yom Kippurim. Those who are neither totally righteous nor totally wicked will have until Yom Kippurim to repent.
The last ten days are also known as the Days of Awe, a term that is more commonly known as the Days of Jacob’s Trouble and represent the tribulation period that will purge the Earth of evil. If you only count the days between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur the number of days is seven, the same as the number of years in the tribulation period!
Joel 2:1 – “Blow you the shofar in Zion, And sound an alarm in my holy mountain!”
On Yom Teruah, also known as Yom Ha’Din the trumpets declared the solemn warning that the gates of heaven are open and that the Court in Heaven is in session. It is the day when all must pass before Yahweh to be judged for their actions of the last year, when the books are opened and he determines their fate for the next year. At that time, all people will be put into one of three classifications:
• The totally righteous are sealed and separated for life with Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh.
• The totally wicked are sealed to face the wrath of Yahweh during the tribulation period and then will be separated from him throughout all eternity.
• The fate of the people that are neither totally righteous nor totally wicked is not yet sealed at this point.
Yom Teruah, the Dress Rehearsal for the Rapture has come and gone, and Yahweh has given the unbelieving more time to repent and call on his name before he raptures his bride and the Tribulation Period begins. Yom Kippurim quickly approaches.
Joel 2:1 – “Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of Yahweh comes, it is close at hand.”
The tenth day is the last day of Teshuvah, the day of Yom Kippurim. The Feast of Yom Kippurim symbolizes the final writing of the verdict that each person listed in the Book of Life is a righteous one, a tzaddik (צַדִּיק), or is forever separated from Yahweh. There are but a few days left to repent and return, to teshuvah. May full use of this time lest you be separated forever and consigned to the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The Days of Teshuva, followed by The Days of Awe, also known as the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, or the Ten Days of Repentance, are in full swing. There are but a few days left to repent and return, to teshuvah. My prayer for you is that you will make full use of this time lest you be separated forever and consigned to the Lake of Fire for all eternity.