Ron Sawka Ministries
September 15, 2021; Tishrei 09, 5782
“The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the whole world’” (John 1:29).
Join Pete for “30 Minutes of Worship—10 P.M. Praise”
Last week during MPP (Tues., Sept 7), the Holy Spirit led us into praise and worship. We were very aware that the Lord was singing over us (Zeph. 3:17), and that our praise was a response to Him. We were also reminded that the angels are continuously involved in praise and worship. We came away from that session with an understanding that the Lord wants us to fill the atmosphere with praise. So, I encourage you to do worship and praise. One way is by connecting to Pete Sawka for thirty minutes of praise daily (Mon.–Fri., 10 p.m.).
Feasts During the Month of Tishrei. I am so thankful the Lord is giving His ekklesia understanding of how to walk in His cycles. As of September 7 (Tishrei 1), we have entered the new Hebrew Year, 5782. This seventh month, Tishrei, has three important feasts. Tishrei 1 is the Feast of Trumpets (blowing trumpets/shofar all day long). Tishrei 10 (Sept. 16) is the Day of Atonement, followed by the “Five Days of Awe” until Tishrei 15–21 (Sept. 20–27), the Feast of Tabernacles or Ingathering.
Five Days of Awe/Preparation
Because this update is released on Wednesdays, most of you will be reading this during “the five days of awe, the five days immediately following that most solemn, most special of days, the Day of Atonement (Tishrei 10, Sept. 16). In a very real sense, it is a time of reset and preparation for the Feast of Tabernacles, which is about living in the presence of God and receiving His harvest and blessing. Here are four things to meditate upon that will help us to properly reset:
1. Understand the Battle—The Day of Atonement (Tishrei 10, Sept. 16) is regarded by Jewish people as the most holy, most solemn of days. The whole nation of Israel, even today, solemnly observes this day. As Christians, we know Jesus fulfilled/completed this by becoming atonement for all of us. As John the Baptist said, Jesus is “the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the whole world” (John 1:29).
As Christians, we don’t observe one day as better than another (Col. 2:16; Rom. 14:5), but we do well to recognize the incredible significance of this day. It is in fact a bold statement that challenges the lie of humanism. Humanism says mankind is completely autonomous (its own god, in effect) and answerable to no one. Simultaneously, it says there is no god and that it has no need for one.
The Day of Atonement is a loud blaring trumpet. It’s like God saying, “I am the one who made the world. I made it for you. And I love you so much that I provided redemption for each and every human being. All they have to do is believe and accept it.”
Perhaps it is to emphasize this message of man needing God and God being in charge that the judgments of God are often released during this period. Important world events, including economic resets, often seem to happen in the period from the Hebrew New Year until the Feast of Tabernacles. God wants the message clear. He is God. Look to Him. Anything else will end in failure.
2. Reject Humanism—Humanism is its own “religion.” The idea that there is no God—that we have to rely on our own strength, skill, and efforts—are its main tenets. This only brings a curse (Jer. 17:5). Self-effort or self-strength often creeps up on many believers. It results in tension, stress, and burdens instead of the peace and overflow that come from partnership with the Holy Spirit. During these Days of Awe, we once again set our hearts on the Lord. He is our creator. He is our source for everything. He made us and has incredible plans and blessings for each one of us.
3. Know That God Wants Us to Live in His Presence Daily, Continually. God’s desire has always been to live in fellowship with us. He wants to tabernacle with us (Rev. 21:3). It begins with us inviting Jesus into our lives for salvation (“Behold, I stand at the door and knock” [Rev. 3:20]). But that is only the beginning. Thus, Jesus declared on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles that if we would consciously practice/be aware of His presence, then we would experience His fullness flowing out of us like a river (“Out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water” [John 7:38]). Throughout the day, often pause to converse with the Lord.
4. Know He Has Continual Harvest for Us. The Feast of Tabernacles is about harvest. It does foreshadow a great end-time harvest. But more than that, it is a clear and loud reminder that God wants us to be receiving from Him, and walking in His blessing continually. I received a word a few days ago from Michelle Gulland that speaks strongly to this. She said:
“This is for someone worrying about losing momentum. Worried that if they take time off—even as it is “allowed” in these special feast days—they will lose momentum of what has been going on so well. But I felt the Lord say that momentum will surely not be lost and instead the family time together will produce some of the greatest momentum you have had. Conversations will be had that will bring great “steam,” as in a steam engine. Many things will naturally be an incredible motivator towards the establishment of the many great moves of God that are coming quickly on the horizon. So … no fretting allowed over momentum while taking time away. And furthermore … it is God who is the one doing the great work. … Let Him do what He does. Watch and be amazed.” (Michelle Gulland Sept 3, 2021)
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
A New Beginning
Tishrei (Sept. 7–Oct. 6, 2021)
The Seventh Month and Beginning of the New Hebrew Year 5782
We have come through a month of victory as well as preparation. Preparation for what? A new beginning, because the Hebrew year 5782 started on Tishrei 1 (Sept. 7). It’s also preparation for harvest and preparation to walk with the Lord in a deeper way, which is the whole point of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sept. 20–27).
Tishrei 1 was the Feast of Trumpets. It reminds us to wake up to the goodness of God. Let this be a time of the whole world waking up to God’s goodness. Here is link for the month of Tishrei.
Below is a list and times (Japan Standard Time) of public meetings you can connect with via Ron’s public Facebook page.
Apostolic for Russia—Fri., Sept. 17, 7:00–8:00 p.m., English/Russian
Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP)—Mon.–Fri., 6:00–6:45 a.m. Please note that from Sept. 9–28, we will NOT be broadcasting on Ron’s Facebook page. The meetings will be viewable on YouTube during this duration.
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