The Immense Spiritual Significance of the Next Forty Days PDF Print E-mail
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There is no doubt we are living in a time of global change. Rapid change. Extreme change. From President Trump's victory that astonished the world, to the subsequent unsettling unrest in the U.S, to North Korea's nuclear threats... times are getting a little wild. In this article I'm going to explain the significance of these times, and how God has provided information for us to ensure we're on the right side of His will in this season.

I also want to show how it may be very dangerous to be on the wrong side of God's will in these times.

I'll get into some fascinating but slightly technical detail—don't let it overwhelm you. I'll keep it simple, and easy to follow.

To begin, the coming month is quite possibly the most pivotal and crucial time in recent history for the global church, Israel and for the United States specifically. A good writer never gives away the punch line too early, but I want you to know what the bottom line is before you start reading. I don't want to entertain you, I want to call you to action. I will however, explain why I believe the global Church needs to submit to a time of forty days of prayer, occasional (or more) fasting, and reflection of our own personal lives. We need to soberly assess our consecration to the call of God, and pray the Lord's will is done in governments and society around the world.

Most important, we need to pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out in a way that has never been seen on Earth before. The Lord can only do this if we are 1. fully consecrated to Him, and 2. we actually pray for revival.

If we fail, the consequences could be extremely severe, especially for the United States. Some believe God can work without His children's prayers—most spiritual forefathers disagree. God is sovereign, but He justly abides by the legal constraints of His Word and high courts. But that is another long article.

First, let's take a look at a scripture that is written in black and white, in the very first chapter of the Bible:

Genesis 1:14: "Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.' (emphasis mine.)

From the scripture above we know that God gave us the celestial bodies to know and interpret signs and seasons. This is astronomy interpreted according to the Word of God as opposed to astrology, which is basically witchcraft. There is a tremendous difference. A great example of when God used celestial signs was at the birth of Jesus, when the wise men saw the sign of the birth of the King of Kings in the heavens.

Don't Throw the Baby out with the Bathwater
I know, I know... if you've followed any Christian blog, publication, or media, you're probably tired of hearing about the "blood moons" and the solar eclipse other "heavenly signs" and what they means. I've seen some really wacky stuff out there, and it usually comes down to people trying to predict when Jesus is going to return or predict the end of days and not on how to deepen our walk with Lord or spread the Gospel.

I also know God's Word is true, and the scripture above is true, so you can't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Some people mentally switch off as soon as they hear about signs in the heavens, but God clearly told us the celestial bodies are for "signs and seasons..." If you want to argue against the Word of God, go ahead, but I'll stay right here with scripture and ask the Lord for wisdom and discernment to understand what is going on. Because as I'll now show, something is definitely happening with these celestial events.

The Biblical Significance of the Lunar and Solar Events
Lunar EclipseThe rarity and significance of these blood moons and the surrounding celestial events is almost unparalleled historically. If you're not aware, basically each of the four blood moons fell directly on two major Feasts of the Lord, namely Passover and The Feast of Tabernacles, two years in a row. But that is just scratching the surface. I won't get into the details of the blood moons in this post, but I do encourage you to check out this article from the Christian Post titled: Is Everything About to Change? This article excellently summarizes the details and some spiritual significance of the blood 
moons, namely they were a sign of tremendous change coming to the world. I think it's safe to say that has been accurate. Now let's look at the interesting details...

Traditionally, spiritual signs relating to lunar celestial events are associated with the nation of Israel, since they follow and observe the lunar calendar. Solar events relate to the Gentile nations, since they follow the solar calendar. This will be important in a bit. We know the blood moon tetrads of 1493–1494, 1949–1950 and 1967–1968 were signs of coming change, especially for the nation of Israel. I believe our most recent tetrad of blood moons signify the same significance for Israel, but also our global entry into a new spiritual era. I'll be very specific in a bit.

Now consider that a rare super moon occurred on November 14, 2016. A super moon is basically a full, new moon that occurs at the same time it is closest in orbit to Earth, making the moon appear about 13%-14% larger and brighter. 2016's super moon was the largest and brightest since 1948—the year Israel declared independence.

It's getting interesting isn't it? We're about to get to the really good stuff.

Now remember, solar events relate to signs for Gentile nations. Well, we just witnessed a total solar eclipse that crossed the entire breadth of the United States. This is extremely rare. Solar eclipses can only be viewed from the same spot on land about every 375 years. I don't know the rarity of a solar eclipse that crosses the entire breadth of a nation/continent. I would say there is at the very least, some spiritual significance of this event for the United States, wouldn't you?

This is all going to tie together in a minute, stay with me.

The Feasts of the Lord
Okay, I want to very quickly give you a crash course in the Biblical Feasts of the Lord. This topic is so deep and so wide, I highly recommend you study it yourself, but for now this is what you need to know: The Feasts of the Lord are the Biblical holidays the Church have always been required to celebrate ( some highly recommended reading on the topic. ) We know Jesus celebrated all the feasts. We know Paul celebrated them, as did the early Church. So why did the Church stop observing the Feasts of the Lord?

In 315 A.D, Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan which removed a lot of persecution from Christians, but for Jews—among other injustices such as having to leave Jerusalem—they were no longer allowed to observe the Feasts of the Lord. Subsequently, the Christian Church stopped observing these Biblical holy days. Also, note these are never referred to as Jewish feasts—but rather the Feasts of the Lord.

The Month of Elul
Okay, this next part is very important—today, August 23rd is the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul, which is the last month in the Hebrew calendar. Since the times of the Babylonian exile, Jewish tradition observes this month is a time to return to the Lord, or return to repentance. It is the final month in the year, and before a new year—a new season—begins, the idea is to identify and deal with any sin or compromise or backsliding that has crept in through the year's business and struggles.

The Lord is always watching for us to return to Him when we stray, but the forefathers believed that God is especially accessible during this time, and watching closely for those who would return to Him since The Day of Atonement is approaching.

For the Christian Church, I believe it is no different. God gives us seasons and times, and when something major is about to happen, He gives us signs before those specific seasons. The month of Elul should be for every Christian, a time to soberly and seriously assess our relationship with the Lord. We are to assess and correct any areas in which we have strayed from the paths of the Lord, repenting and purposing in our hearts to not fail again.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—The Day of Atonement
IsraelIn Judaism, this special season is known as Teshuvah, which in Hebrew means "to return or repent." Note this season begins on the first day of Elul (today) and continues for forty days, ending after Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement. We'll discuss the ultimate significance of Yom Kippur in a minute but, thirty days into Teshuvah, on the Jewish New Year comes Rosh Hashanah—the two-day New Year celebration.

Together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe. The Sabbath that falls within this ten-day period is called Shabbat Shuvah—the Sabbath of Return.

As the new season begins, Rosh Hashanah begins a final ten-day period of more intense focus on returning to God, imploring Him to forgive your sin and submitting to His will for your life as you wish to start the year with a clean slate, allowing God to do all that He can for you in that season. This ten day period ends with the ultimate sober observance of Yom Kippur—or The Day of Atonement. This was the most sacred feast in the time of our spiritual forefathers.

Look at how serious the Lord is when instructing Moses regarding the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 23:26-32:

"26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 'Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.'"

Wow, that's intense. We can clearly see God required Israel to fast and pray for twenty-four hours on the Day of Atonement. In fact, it is the only Feast of the Lord where God required Israel to fast. Now, I'm not saying God is going to cut you off from Himself for not fasting and praying on Yom Kippur—we know Jesus already paid the price of atonement for our sins. What I am saying, however, is this period of Teshuvah is very clearly a spiritual season. Let me reiterate—Jesus and Paul—in the New Testament—observed and celebrated the Feasts of the Lord. Here is scriptural evidence that Paul observed the feasts: Acts 18:21Acts 20:5-6Acts 20:161 Corinthians 5:6-8.

The bottom line is God always intended the feasts to be observed by New Testament believers.

Also, another interesting detail is jubilee and super-jubilee (or shemitah) years are marked by The Day of Atonement. The final blood moon in the most recent tetrad fell on 2015's Day of Atonement.

So What Does This All Mean?
Okayso let's add all of this up. We know the following:

1.   Lunar eclipses are signs relating to Israel. Solar eclipses are signs relating to the Gentile nations.

2.   In 2014-2015 four blood moons appeared on Feasts of the Lord, the last one appearing on the Day of Atonement in a super-jubilee year.

3.   In 2016 the brightest super moon since 1948 appeared. In 1948 Israel became an independent nation again.

4.   On August 21, 2017, two days before the beginning of Teshuvah, a total solar eclipse tracked across the entire breadth of the United States.

5.   Aside from the American Civil War, the United States has never experienced a period of such unrest as we are experiencing today.

6.   Today, August 23 is the first day of Elul, and the beginning of Teshuvah—a forty day period when God intends us to return to Him in repentance and submission to His will for our lives.

7.   Teshuvah culminates in the period from Rosh Hashanah (September 20th to September 22nd) to Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement (sundown September 29th to sundown September 30th.) This ten day period known as The Days of Awe, is meant for extra diligent introspection and seeking the Lord, culminating in the only Biblical mandate to fast during a Feast of the Lord.

A Sign for the United States
USAMy first conclusion is the Church is entering a season of opportunity in which we can seek God to not only rescue the United States from the wicked forces that have enslaved it for decades, but also to propel us into a season of spiritual and material prosperity. I won't make any political comments but whichever way you lean, now is the time to seek God for HIS will to be done in our nation. And to submit to that whether or not you like His answer.

I believe the Lord gave us a very clear sign in a solar eclipse tracking across the entire United States. I believe this is a sign of warning to the unrepentant wicked in this country. It is also a warning for believers to clear out sin from their lives and get serious about the call of God on their life. This is why I said in the first paragraph it may be very dangerous to be on the wrong side of God's will at this time. I believe the unrepentant wicked's misalignment with God's spiritual laws will soon be exposed. I have been on the wrong side of a season similar to this, so I know what I'm talking about.

A Sign for Israel
Getting back to the global significance of this time, I personally believe specific nations will threaten Israel in the near future, but God will use the alliance between the U.S. and Israel to bring to nothing these threats. Further, and more importantly for the global Church, I believe God is about to move in Israel and among the Jewish people in a way we haven't seen since the early Church.

In fact, my frank opinion is we are on the brink of a revival that will bring in the fullness of the Gentiles Paul spoke of in Romans 11:25.

During this revival, and following it, Israel in large part will return to Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in droves we could never have imagined! The sparks of great revival among Jewish people have already started, and will launch the events that usher in the return of our almighty Lord Jesus Christ.

BUT WE CAN MISS IT

“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” — John Wesley

It is beyond the scope of this article, but I believe—and can scripturally prove—God will not move without prayer from His Church. Jesus delegated to us His authority and power. It is up to us! I therefore encourage you—no beg you—to assess your walk with the Lord over the next forty days. Fast and pray for six or 12 hours every now and then, take spiritual inventory. Repent of where you have personally strayed from the Lord and return to Him. Forgive anyone you have a quarrel with, and make amends with them. Let no strife be present in your house. Consecrate yourself fully to the Lord at this time. Powerful blessings are waiting for you beyond this period of Teshuvah.

Also, learn and observe the Feasts of the Lord and how Jesus fulfilled all four of spring feasts, and will fulfill the remaining three harvest feasts on their Biblical days. You will be astonished at how "in tune" you are with God when you flow with these seasons.

Most importantly pray for the United States and all of her leaders, pray for Israel's protection and return to Yeshua Ha'Mashiach and pray for global revival. Implore the Lord. Show Him you mean business with how you live your life.

He will answer us if we are fervent.

We have an amazing opportunity, but we cannot squander it. In this epic season of Teshuvah—of returning to the Lord—let's do it with all of our hearts.

"Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you." Hosea 10:12

May God's grace rest upon you and your family at this time,

Brad Rahme 

 
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