The meaning of Teshuvah.
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The meaning of Teshuvah.
From the month of Elul, which is the sixth month on the Hebrew (Jewish) calendar, we begin our 40 days of fasting and prayer, also called the 40 days of Teshuva.
This hebrew word "teshuva" means: to return back to God, to bail someone or a society from the guilt of sin via the holy act of repentance or intercession.
This word "teshuva" also has a deeper meaning that manifests out of our character during the Day of Atonement, which is the last day of teshuva that closes the 40 days of our prayers of fasting and seeking after God. This last day of Teshuvah falls on the day of "Yom Kippur", being the Day of Atonement.
The fast starts on the 13th of September 2013 when the sun goes down and ends on the 14th of September 2013 when the sun goes down, (Leviticus 23:26-32).
In this season of Teshuva in the sixth month of Elul, we begin to return (to bend, to yield, to submit, to aim, to surrender) our character (body, soul and intellect), the intellect being our mind, back to God's perfect will for our lives.
In this month of Elul, God's presence of mercy and grace begins to increase each day in within these 40 days of Teshuva, and on the 40 th day, which falls on the day of Yom Kippur in Hebrew, also meaning the day of Atonement in English,
the mercies and grace of God reaches it's climax of it's spiritual environment in the lives of those that are acknowledging this season.
The day of Atonement ("Yomkippur")
The day of atonement falls on the 40th day, in the 7th month on God's calendar.
In this season of repentance (40 days of "teshuvah"), the souls of the people that are involved in the observance, (the repentance, the intercession, the prayer and the seeking of God's face in this season), enter into a spiritual realm of spiritual intimacy with God, which is called "Yom Kippur".
Yomkippur (the day of atonement) is the holy day of God which falls on the 40th day, counting from the begining of the hebrew sixth month, untill the 10th of the seventh month on God's calendar.
The hebrew word "Yom Kippur" also means the day of marriage or the day of making a covenant bond between man and God, the day when the heavenly courthouse is in session to execute judgment, (to condemn or to justify) the whole entire human race on the earth. But also this word "Yom Kippur" means; "the day of atonement".
Now: remember that I said; when a person acknowledges these 40 days of teshuva, the word "Teshuva" meaning; to return back to God with all your soul, body, will and strength through the 40 days of seeking after God's presence.
when you reach on the 40 th day, you enter into the day called "Yom Kippur", which gives you spiritual access to God's courthouse, where you are exposed to the decisions that God has made over humanity (whole earth).
Now, let me ask you a question, if you find out that your best friend will be sentenced to jail for six years, because of some accusation that came against him or her, and the only thing that can be done for him to skip those six years in jail, is to pay the penalty fee, (a big amount of money), so that you may be able to bail him out.
Now; my question again is; if it was only you among the people that he knows, who had that kind of money, would you take your only money that you have to bail your best friend out from that mess? Well; would you?
The word atonement means; to do all you can, so that you can make somebody's name guiltless, (show mercy, so that you may regain mercy in return).
Also this word atonement means to sacrifice your interests, your desires, your pleasures and the things your value most, so that you may redeem someone's life from a cruel judgment that has been passed against his or her soul.
In a deeper sence the word "atonement" means; to give up who you are, (to allow your self motivated ideas of judgement, critisizism, gossip, intellect and professianal status to die), so that you may make some body else's life better, and also justify the life of those who live in less previlaged condition.
If God was to come to you and ask you, what you think about His decision of destroying the entire Earth because of men's sin, what would you say? and if you are to do something for Him to change His mind, what would you do?
because what ever you say and do towards others, and the obedience you apply towards God in this season (day of atonement), will also determine what heaven will release over your life through the whole year.
The day of atonement is a time of positioning ourselves and connecting our souls into God's blessings and favor.
The day of atonement which falls in the 7th month on the hebrew calendar, is also the the time when God takes away the quilty of debt, poverty, ancestral curses, bad fortunes, whitchcraft spells, and sicknesses from his people.
One opinion says that "Tishrei" means "to begin", for the beginning of Tishrei meant that it was the beginning of an agricultural year or farming year.
Another meaning of "Tishrei" is forgiveness.
"Tishrei" also means "released" and they explained that the month was so named because in it God "releases and lets go all" the sins of the Jewish people and the body of Yeshuah, the messiah (Jesus Christ).
Tishrei" is the Aramaic word for "You will forgive", clearing the sins of people and pronouncing them not guilty.
Yom Kippur falls in September or October.
By: Apostle A. Ngabo.