Rosh Hashanah: Preparation for the Bride of Christ

THE PREPARATION FOR THE BRIDE OF CHRIST


In 2004, I had been saved for 7 years and I loved the Lord with all my heart. I was a lay person, seeking Him diligently in the best way I knew how. In that year, there was a special revival, one of a kind, which was held only once a year. So I went to Ohio for this revival out of hunger for God.


God touched me! At the revival, during a break time, I reached out to my journal and began to write. I felt I really needed to enter into a written commitment with God, so I wrote the following words… which will later become my first vows to Jesus. At the time, I did not understand fully what I was doing.


“My Adonai

Today, receive my wedding vow to You

I give You me

I vow to be Yours and only Yours

I vow to die with You my Jesus, to live through You

and only for You

I vow that I will love You

With all my heart

With all my soul

With all my strength.”


After I wrote these vows and said them, my life is never, never be the same!!! I was changed for good!


There is a difference between having a casual relationship and a committed relationship. When a man loves a woman, their relationship begins; it takes another level when they commit to each other, and when there is a vow, they are joined for life in the highest form of intimacy which is “Marriage”.


Fast forward 8 years later, from the time I had said my first vows...

It was in 2012, then I was no longer a lay person but the Lord had promoted me to be a pastor of Blazing Holy Fire Church (God promotes those who are faithful – From tending the sheep, He promoted David to be a leader, a King over Israel! From Catching the fish, Jesus made Peter and His companions fisher of men!). On Rosh Hashanah 2012, for the first time, our church held a ceremony in which each one of us said his/her vows to Jesus. Our spiritual eyes were not fully opened at the time but we fully knew the Lord was there. We experienced great miracles, signs and wonders during that service. As a church, we reached new heights but we would not get there except through great trials. The Lord stood with us.


The Season of Teshuvah


I would like to talk to you about this special season we are in: Teshuvah! From the book called 'The Seven Festival of the Messiah', Teshuvah is defined as a special season which in Hebrew means "to return or repent." This season begins on the first day of the month of Elul and continues 40 days, ending with Yom Kippur. Thirty days into Teshuvah, on Tishrei l, comes Rosh Hashanah. This begins a final ten day period beginning on Rosh HaShanah and ending on Yom Kippur. These are known as the High Holy Days and as the Awesome Days (Yamim Nora'im, the days of awe). Teshuvah begins on Elul 1 and concludes on Tishrei 10, Yom Kippur . Each morning during the 30 days of the month of Elul, the trumpet (shofar ) or ram's horn is blown to warn the people to repent and return to G-d.”


I had read about Rosh Hashanah and understood it to be a special season of repentance, a season of an open heaven but in the year 2013, Jesus opened our eyes to really understa