A 40-Day Journey of Purity
Days of Awe
Twilight August 25th begins a time known as the Days of Awe. These Days of Awe last for 40 days, and commemorate Moses re-ascending the mountain as a second chance to get the approval and the life-giving Ten Commandments and the Covenant with God. With the 40 Days of Awe, you have one level of repentance for the first 30 days, knowing that you have done wrong and listening to that Holy Spirit and looking inward. Then the final 10 days begin with the Day of Trumpets, which we will commemorate on September 28th. At the Day of Trumpets, God sounds the trumpet louder and it marks the beginning of the last 10 days leading up to the Day of Atonement, the Day of Forgiveness. This is an opportunity for the rejoining of the relationship with God, knowing that you have peace with God. The Day of Atonement is the day that Moses comes back with the answer and with the Covenant and the words for a successful marriage to God. We are to learn to be humble and not expect forgiveness, but to be appreciative of it so that there can be a great celebration on the Day of Atonement, which we will celebrate October 5th.
The last week leading up to Day of Atonement is a time of lighting candles for God. Gather your family, or if you are on your own, you can get with another family and come to the Church building and pray and share. It is an opportunity for you to show your commitment to God and a beautiful memory for your family and children. I love lighting a candle with my grandkids. Their little eyes just light up. It is a special time. We are lighting candles to let God know that it is Him we want to live for and nothing else. We are also saying that we are committed to purity, and we will be a light for God and a light for His Kingdom in this dark world. And for those out of town, you can light a candle anywhere. It is a moment of time of getting in there and just committing and saying, “This family is serving God,” and we are going to keep that candle going every day in our hearts.
Day of Atonement
The Lord said to Moses, “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the Lord by fire. Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God. Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day. You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath. - Leviticus 23:26-32
During all of these Days of Awe, we are to be purging sin, and it goes deeper every day until this purging is so deep that you can on the final day, the Day of Atonement, easily do a complete fast away from anything that has been an indulgence for you. God also requires a fast from food, denying ourselves, on that final day for the healthy adults. With this type of introspection, looking inward, slowing down and thinking about exactly what God wants, I can testify that a fast is easier every year and that denial seems like nothing by that point. In fact, it is exciting to show God and show yourself that you can deny yourself and live for God alone.
This is a beautiful time and it is also a time when the people were waiting. They had stayed low and they fasted, they put on white and everyone was dressed up in purity, like a bride waiting for the groom to return. It is actually an opportunity to practice and prepare for Judgment Day. We are practicing for the return of Jesus Christ where the Bride has on her white wedding gown and is awaiting the return of the bridegroom and the uniting with God forever. What a day that will be!
We welcome you to join us in this 40-day journey of purity for God! We will talk more each Wednesday and Sabbath on our live webcasts. Also, look for tweets on our Twitter paqe and posts on our Facebook Group and more information at Remnant Calendar of Events during Days of Awe.
To learn more about the Days of Awe, watch the following videos: