Bruce Baber (26 July 2015)
"Tu B'Av to Tabernacles and the 10 Days of Awe in-between"

 
If the festivals, new moons and sabbaths are the shadow of Christ and He is the substance, then we are in for something truly amazing.

We are on the cusp of something important this Shemitah year.  I can barely hold my breath. Tu B'Av is sundown July 30th.  There are many parallels to the rapture in this holiday.  Numerous parallels (see my study on Bible parallels).  Shortly afterwards on September 13th is Rosh Hashanah (the head of the new year) on a new moon.  See my earlier post about the possible significance of the new moon as indicated by Paul (Colossians 2:16-17).  Then comes the final blood moon (super moon) in the tetrad on September 28th which is the Feast of Tabernacles.  There's about a 30 day window here between these important dates.
 
During this approximate 30 day time period there will be the Days of Awe which nearly lead up to the blood moon.  A 10 day period that is not without significance.  The following is quoted from the Jewish Virtual Library...
 

"The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur."

 

"One of the ongoing themes of the Days of Awe is the concept that G-d has "books" that he writes our names in, writing down who will live and who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life, for the next year. These books are written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days of Awe can alter G-d's decree. The actions that change the decree are "teshuvah, tefilah and tzedakah," repentance, prayer, good deeds (usually, charity). These "books" are sealed on Yom Kippur. This concept of writing in books is the source of the common greeting during this time is "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year."

 

"Among the customs of this time, it is common to seek reconciliation with people you may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and G-d. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible."

 
For more on the Days of Awe check out hebrew4christians.com:  http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Elul/Days_of_Awe/days_of_awe.html
 
If we aren't caught up on Tu B'Av, the month of August will seem long as we wait for the events in September.  But, it may be a period where we can try to bring as many into the Kingdom as we can.  Don't be dismayed or discouraged by what man is doing or by the machinations of the devil.  God is doing something bigger!
 
I don't remember a period of time so packed with portents, parallels and most of all, hope! 
 
YBIC
Bruce Baber