Today, August 21, the 40 day Jewish season of repentance begins with the Great American Eclipse.
The Eclipse presents a glorious picture of Teshuvah’s admonition to return to the presence of God as the Moon, symbolic of the believers and the Bride of Christ (Psalm 89:37), joins with the Sun, symbolic of Christ the Bridegroom (Psalm 19:4). At the same the darkness of the Eclipse, reminiscent of the Day of the Lord (Amos 5:20), illustrates the Teshuvah warning of coming judgement for sinners.
Teshuvah presents all of us with the choice of life or death, blessings or curses as described in Deuteronomy 31:19, 20. The position of the Teshuvah Eclipse in the Heavens shows the same choice. During the Eclipse, the stars will become visible, with the stars of the constellation Leo to the East of the Eclipse and those of Cancer to the West. The constellation Cancer, meaning “The Holding Place,” represents the home of God’s people which is commonly known as Heaven. The constellation Leo, representing Christ as the Lion of Judah, pictures God’s judgment which we commonly describe as Hell. Thus, the Teshuvah Eclipse illustrates the choice between life and Heaven on one hand, and death and Hell on the other.
During the first to ten days of Teshuvah, from the August 21 Eclipse date to August 31, we invite you to join with us in praying for personal repentance, and choosing life:
August 21 – Deuteronomy 31:19, 20: Choose Life.
August 22 – Mathew 4:1-11 and John 14:32: The victorious 40-day Teshuvah Journey of Jesus.
August 23– Romans 8:12-15: We are Children of God
August 24 – Deuteronomy 8:1-5: Faith
August 25 – Romans 8:1, 2: No Condemnation for those in Christ
August 26 – Deuteronomy 6:17-26: Obedience
August 27 – John 1:19: Forgiveness
August 28 – Deuteronomy 6:4-15: Love God
August 29 – John 14:23 Love brings obedience and peace
August 30 – Tonight in the early evening look up to the Zenith and find the star Vega, meaning “He Shall Be Exalted”, in the constellation Lyra, The Harp, which pictures a dove and a harp and speaks of the role of worship in exalting Christ. Our solar system is moving toward Vega at 40,000 miles per hour, illustrating that we are destined for worship. So enter into His presence with worship and celebrate your destination.
August 31 – Galatians 2:8-10: Make sure you have received salvation by grace to achieve your destiny.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life. –Deuteronomy 30:19-20