Throughout the Bible we can see that the number 7 is important to the Lord, and the 7th day, 7th month and 7th year have been dedicated to Him. Seven represents completion, perfection, fullness and rest. The fall feasts take place during the 7th month of Tishrei and are meant to bring us into communion with Him so that we can experience His glory. In fact, the word "Tishrei is associated with the Hebrew letter LAMED which signifies the aspiration to return to the absolute source." (A Time to Advance, Chuck Pierce)
The appointed times of the 7th month (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles) are the climax of where God has been leading us since Passover, in the first month. Even though Tishrei is the 7th month in the reckoning of months, in regard to years, it is the first month of the year. This makes it an extremely significant month as we can experience the fullness of the Lord when we tabernacle with Him, and revelation for the year ahead by returning to our Source. I find it interesting that Tishrei is associated with the constellation Libra (the scales). These scales picture the deeds of men being weighed and judgments released. It is between the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) that God's people are to get right with Him. These 10 days are called "The Days of Awe."
Tishrei is the month of double blessing, and we are meant to be fruitful and multiply. It is associated with the tribe of Ephraim that means "double fruit." When Ephraim was born his father Joseph said, "...God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering." (Genesis 41:52) It seems to me that we are in a season of overflowing fruit since we are not only in the month of double fruit but also the year of double fruit--Jubilee. This is a time to press in for intimacy with the Lord. I believe He blesses a hungry pursuer. We must become like the woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years. She pressed in through a large crowd to touch the cloak of Jesus and was healed by her faith. (Mark 5:25-34) I believe there will be fruit for us also as we press in to touch Jesus during this time.
Since Tishrei is the beginning of the autumn season our days are getting shorter and the moon is the predominant source of light in the sky. The reflected light of the moon impacts how we grow crops, how we harvest, the way we work and the way we plan recreation. As we launch into the New Year we must be sure that our plans align with the Lord's plans. It is a time when we should check our lives to be sure they are well balanced and that our hearts and minds are cleansed from any negative thoughts or bitterness.
The feasts of Tishrei are for resting from regular work, cleansing ourselves, fasting and feasting, and meeting the Lord in glorious celebration. The trumpet sounds that begin on Rosh Hashanah continue throughout most of this month. We can read about these times in Leviticus 23 and Number 29. An interesting sidelight is that Noah's ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th day of the 7th month. (Genesis 8:4) It was on the 21st day of the 7th month that the word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai. This is what he said: "'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the Lord Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the Lord Almighty." (Haggai 2:9) The Lord desires to fill His Church with His glory. We play a key role in preparing the way for the revealing of the glory of the Lord. He wants to display His glory in you, dear ones. Let us join with the Lord in what He is doing during this season.
Joan E. Mathias