The Fall Appointed Times pointing to the eternal

October 9, 2017


The Fall Appointed Times can help us to understand an eternal truth. Almost all believers are at least aware to some extent of the Biblical Fall Holy Days: Rosh HaShanah/Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Tabernacles).


Over the years, more and more churches have begun to incorporate, or in some way recognize, these days as a part of their calendar of observances. Shofars have begun to appear in services and messages about Yom Kippur and the entry of the High Priest into the Holy of Holies have become commonplace in churches of almost every denomination. And more churches are inviting Messianic Rabbis like myself to share about these “Days” and their meaning, both real and symbolic with their congregations.


Our focus on these Scriptural Holy Days, especially in the light of our faith in Yeshua as Messiah, too often focuses on the here and now. Most often in Judaism, these Days are spoken of in terms of asking for forgiveness and having our sins covered through the substitutionary sacrifice made on Yom Kippur that covered our sins from one year to the next.


However, when we read and study these days in the full context of Scripture, we learn that the most important component of these days is not about the here and now, but about the eternal. These days, as well as all of the other Appointed Times, were provided so that we would have a temporal symbol to help us be mindful of the eternal. The eternal is the focus and the goal, not the temporary. It is the Heavenly, not the Earthly. We must always remember that we are an eternal soul living in a temporary body.


Because we have been taught to think and act in terms of this world, we have been led to believe that our spiritual battles are between “good and evil,” or “right and wrong.” While these are an aspect of the war that we are soldiers in, our real battle is not be