Do not miss the significance of the current month on the Jewish calendar. Cheshvan, the eighth month, is without any holidays. Jews call it the month of Messiah and believe that the third Temple will be inaugurated during this month. In fact, the alphabetical symbol for this month is NUN, which symbolizes the Messiah. Eight means eternal revelation and new beginnings.
Do you think that it is significant that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church on October 31, 1517, in the month of Cheshvan? I do! At the age of 33, Luther had a revelation from Romans 1:17 that the "righteous will live by faith" alone. He questioned the practice of the Church that sold indulgences as a way for the parishioners to have their sins forgiven. In an attempt to get the Church to take a hard look at this practice, he wrote the 95 Theses in Latin for the Scholars to review. However, someone translated them into German, printed and distributed them. The rest is history!
In the month of new beginnings an awakening occurred that transformed the Church. The Great Reformation saw many people rediscovering the Bible as they began to read it for themselves. The message of salvation for everyone who believes (Romans 1:16) came to the forefront, and the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored.
October 31, 2017, will be the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses. We would do well to consider the state of the Church today and the need of another reformation in our time. Consider that the Church is not walking in its full inheritance and has abdicated its leadership role to politicians and various secular organizations. Consider the state of our world where we call good evil and evil good and where immorality is given a seal of approval.
At my church this morning our speaker, Dr. Mike Hutchings, gave us a word--"convergence." It means a coming together. Could it be that this is the time when God will bring together the 8th month of Messiah and new beginnings with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to give birth to another great awakening and transformation of our churches and our society?
Interestingly, my fiancee and I are starting a new beginning by being married on October 27 in the month of Cheshvan. We are praying that the Holy Spirit will manifest His Presence in our marriage, our church and our nation. Let us pray this thing in! We are in desperate need of a great awakening that leads us into repentance, a Kingdom mentality and a love of the Lord that changes everything!
Joan E. Mathias