High Holy Days
Monday, September 30th - Wednesday, October 9th
The High Holy Days begin on Rosh Hashanah (Sep. 30th), the first day of the Jewish New Year, and ends on Yom Kippur (Oct. 9th), the Day of Atonement. These ten days are referred to as "Ten Days of Awe." Rosh Hashanah is the start of this symbolic time period, and it is important for four different reasons:
1) It is the Jewish New Year.
2) It is the day of Judgment when Jewish people worldwide examine their past deeds and ask God for forgiveness of their sins.
3) It is the Day of Remembrance when the people of God review the history of their people and prays for Israel.
4) It is also the Day of Shofar Blowing (a tradition where a rams horn, is blown in the temple to mark the start of the Jewish High Holy Days.)
The Jews believed that during The High Holy Days the heavenly books would be opened and God would be considering the destiny of his people individually and collectively. During this ten day window, an opportunity would arise for God’s people to seek Him and to petition their Heavenly Father in a special way through prayer and fasting. For the Harvest Church Family The High Holy Days will constitute:
1) A time of repentance – for failures and sin left unaddressed during the past year.
2) A time of introspection – seeking God for heart connection to His divine purpose in every area of your life. Bringing the soul (the ego and flesh) into alignment with Divine Order. Restoring purity of mind and spirit.
3) A time of relationship restoration – to seek forgiveness and restoration with others you may have wronged during the year.
4) A time of giving – particularly to charity and to greater the vision.
The Jews believed that our actions during The High Holy Days could ‘change God’s mind’ and verdict concerning our individual misdeeds and failures. Jews were so conscious of these heavenly books being opened during this time, that they would greet one another with the saying, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year”.
The High Holy Days end with the most celebrated day on the Hebrew Calendar, Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16:29-30) means, “Day of Atonement” and is a reference to the Old Covenant system God introduced to Israel where the collective and individual sin of Israel was covered through commanded ritual. According to the Jews, Yom Kippur is the last day of The High Holy Days when the heavenly books are sealed and God’s considerations of His people are final. Any reconciliation of relationships would need to take place before Yom Kippur in order to receive the fullness of God’s blessing and pardon for the Kingdom New Year.
During this Ten Day opportunity, the Harvest Church congregation will seek God individually as well as collectively through prayer and fasting. Our time of consecration before the Lord will include the following:
September 30th – October 9th (Corporate Fasting)
Collectively as a body of believers we will abstain from "All" food and drink from
6AM - 3PM daily, with the exception of water. Also, remember to tune into Apostle Chris' Facebook Live Prayercast M-F at 6:30AM, to receive a special word from the Lord. You will also receive an email, each day, with a strategic prayer focus to help guide you in your daily prayers. We are excited about the transformative move of God that will take place in your life at the conclusion of this corporate fast.