Kicking off the Fall Holidays are the Forty Days of Repentance

The Fall Holidays are a season referred to within Judaism as T’shuvah or repentance. It’s a time for God’s people to examine their lives in light of His Word and Spirit. By doing so, we give ourselves the opportunity for grace to invade our lives and lead us into greater faithfulness to the Messiah. Through this season of examination, we prepare ourselves to meet the King of Kings and the Just Judge, Jesus our Messiah. Each of us will give account to Him for how we lived our lives (II Corinthians 5:10).

When we stand before the Judge of the universe, we will see that our life is in His hands. And He alone has the power of life and death. If we come to Him with a heart of humility, faith, and repentance, we will find forgiveness and life. If we do not, we will find judgment (Matthew 25:14-46). This season of repentance lasts forty days. It begins forty days before the Day of Atonement and ends at sunset at the end of the Day of Atonement.

The First Thirty Days

The first thirty days of this season lead up to Trumpets and the final ten days take place from Trumpets to the Day of Atonement. The ten days between Trumpets and the Day of Atonement are called The Days of Awe. Why? The imagery in the Word is clear: our Judge has come and we’re preparing ourselves to stand before Him. If we do not come with humble, reverent hearts, we will find judgment instead of mercy. During this time, we’re called to examine our lives and restore relationships between God and man. Where repentance is needed, we repent. Where restitution and reconciliation is needed, we obey and trust God’s leading.