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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Days of Awe - Days of Return (By Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda)

Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda

The Ten Days of Awe began with the blowing of the shofars on Rosh Hashanah and will conclude on Yom Kippur. It is a season of reflection and return. It is a time of renewal and deepening of our relationship with the Lord. It is a set time on God’s calendar where the veil between heaven and earth is thin, and the heavens are open more than at any other season. All creation passes by the Lord like a flock of sheep for His inspection, and we in turn exalt Him as the Lord God, our Creator, the harmonies in our heart singing in worship to the King of Glory. These days of awe are an appointment eternally set apart in His Word. As we obey God’s word to honor Him, He responds with an open heaven. Be in expectation of great things!
Sweet As Honey

During the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, one of the symbolic foods is apples dipped in honey in hopes of sweetness for the coming year. It is said that the fragrance of the Garden of Eden was that of an apple orchard. It recalls the fact that on this day God created Adam in His image and placed him in His garden of delights. The apple speaks of natural sweetness—the joy and pleasures of family, church, and daily life.

Honey is different. Honey is a substance that is transformed through the work of a bee. The bee often carries a sting. In our lives there are challenges that will come or circumstances that may sting. But as you look to God, He promises redemption that will bring sweetness. Even where there is potential for a sting, you will come out in redemptive glory.

Behold the Lamb

“Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Gen. 22:2).

Abraham faced his greatest challenge on Rosh Hashanah. God called him to take his son, his only son, to the place that He would show him and sacrifice him there. Abraham obeyed. It must have been with a heavy heart that he led the caravan of servants and provisions to the land of Moriah. On the third day of the journey, Abraham saw the place God had appointed, and he and Isaac went on alone to worship there.

This is the first time “worship” is mentioned in the Bible. The imagery gives us the context by which to understand all worship to God. It is costly. It is full of faith. It leads to revelation. Worship is not just music or a verbalization. It is submitting to God. As we worship, we step into God’s glory, and with it His limitless provision.

Nearing the place of sacrifice, Isaac asks his father, “Where is the sacrifice?” Abraham answers, “The Lord will provide a lamb.” Abraham is prepared to go all the way through with the test, fully confident that even from death, God would return his son and fulfill his promises. Isaac goes with his father voluntarily. It is a type of Calvary to come.

After Abraham prepares the altar for the sacrifice of his son, the Angel of the Lord stops Abraham. Abraham looks up and there in the thicket is a Ram caught by his horns. Abraham has a revelation of God in that moment of ultimate obedience, and he named the place, “God will provide.” Sweet as honey, God turned the place of testing into a place of great victory. Jehovah Jireh, I AM the Lord Your Provider, manifested Himself to Abraham, and he experienced the awe, joy, and wonder at the provision of God. Abraham experiences the reward of his faith. Abraham held once more his promise, and he walked away with more. He carried in his heart a living revelation of Jehovah Jireh as his personal testimony and possession.

Abraham called the place of sacrifice, “The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided’” (Gen. 22:14). This place where Abraham took his son is the mountain where God offered up His own Son in Jerusalem. Like God’s appointed days, this is God’s appointed city. It is the place He chose to reveal His ultimate provision for mankind in the sacrifice of His Son. Rejection of Jerusalem, is rejection of Calvary and the sacrifice of Jesus.

The Days of Awe begin with the picture of Calvary in the Ram that the Lord provided in exchange for Isaac. It culminates with the Day of Atonement which was fulfilled in Jesus, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world (see Jn. 1:29). Jehovah Jireh was in the visitation. The revelation for us today as we come into this season is God sees. He sees where you are today. He wants to manifest Himself to you, “I am the Lord who provides!” This is His promise to you, and this is His promise to America. God wants to renew your heart and the heart of America. Expect Him to keep His promises.
Coronation of our King

Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory (Ps. 24:7-10).

Rosh Hashanah is also called the “Feast of Trumpets.” As we recognize this season with the blowing of the trumpets, we are recognizing God as the King of the Universe. It is likened to a coronation ceremony where we proclaim Him and make His presence known in creation.

Recently leaders from across our nation met in Charlotte for a political convention. We were in consternation when we saw that both God and Jerusalem were excluded from the official platform. Three times we watched the chairman hold a vote to add God and Jerusalem back to the platform. Three times the delegates denied God and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with loud shouts and boos.

This is what God says about Jerusalem:
“Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “Now I will be exalted, now I will lift Myself up.” Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet home, a tabernacle that will not be taken down; not one of its stakes will ever be removed, nor will any of its cords be broken. For I will defend this city to save it for my own sake and for My servant David’s sake” (Is. 33:10,20,35).

God still has His eye on Jerusalem, and we would do well to stay on His side on this issue. As our spiritual mentor and father, Derek Prince, used to teach, that there is no such thing as a spiritual vacuum. It will either be filled with the presence of God or another spirit will take up residence. As other spirits with agendas directly opposed to God and His word assert themselves in our nation, it is imperative that God’s people arise and aggressively exalt our King as never before.

America’s strength is not in our natural resources, infrastructure, or government. It lies in the blessing of God. Without God America is up the creek without a paddle. We want the blessing of God. If we reject God, something else will come in to rule our nation. We are not talking about personalities. We are talking about spiritual realities. We don’t want the spirit of Antichrist over our family, our city, or our nation. We want to welcome the Holy Spirit. We want to honor Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the central location from whence all provision comes through Christ’s sacrifice.

In this season that celebrates the King of the Universe, let us choose the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as our God. Let us crown Jesus King! The more we worship Jesus, the more we enthrone Him on our praises. The more we exalt Him, the more we release His angels to fight in our midst. This is the key for our nation. This is the key for our return.
It’s a Call to Return

Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth (Hos. 6:1-3).

The shofar that sounds on Rosh Hashanah calls God’s people into remembrance of His awesome power, and gives us opportunity to run to His name and be saved. “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Eph. 5:14). It is the precursor to the great ingathering, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the time of the latter rains. Orthodox tradition says that the sound of the shofar awakens the believer. The vibration of the glory sound of the shofar awakens people to their destiny. It is a call to stir the hearts of God’s people toward repentance and return in preparation of the Day of Atonement, the day appointed for the High Priest to go into the Holy of Holies to offer the blood of the lamb for the sins of the nation, assuring salvation for the following year. Our nation and the nations are in need of a spiritual awakening. Let us come before the throne with the blood of the Lamb in this set time to cry out for God’s mercy and awakening for our nation.
Let the King of Glory Come!

As we enter this new year on the Hebraic calendar, we sense that we are stepping into a new season of provision. If you have been in a low place, the season is changing. If you have been in a time of testing, the Lord has been creating in you a greater capacity to carry His glory and tap into His limitless provision. Your past is the set-up for your turnaround. The King of Glory is about to release a new season of miracles. We hear the sound of an abundance of rain. It’s time to declare, “Let the King of Glory come in!” We encourage believers everywhere to lay hold of these promises and expect Jehovah Jireh to come down.

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!

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