You may not have heard of the term ‘Days of Awe’ as a follower of Christ but it is part of the Fall Feasts that Jews are currently celebrating. Previously I wrote concerning the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah, and its correlation with the end of the age. I discussed why a Christian should be concerned with all of the Feasts and how Jesus has, and will ultimately fulfill them.
Currently, we are in the midst of the ‘ten days of awe’ that began on Rosh Hashanah and will conclude this Tuesday on the Feast day of Yom Kippur. I will detail more about that in other work. What is meant by ‘days of awe,’ and what does it mean for believers? During these ten days, there is a lot for anyone to ponder as every person must be judged and has a choice of whether to be atoned by the blood of Jesus or reject it and spend eternity in everlasting punishment.
The Jews take this time to examine their lives and seek to forgive and be forgiven. This is in line with Jesus’ words where He says in Mark 11:24-25, “therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” ESV
Matthew 6:14 “if you forgive people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” NIV
Besides a time of examination, forgiving, and being forgiven, there are several other things associated with these feast days that I want to reflect on as we ponder our past, present, and future in the Kingdom of God. First, these should be a reminder of how much Jesus, or Yeshua, has done for us and our future with Him and that we can be confident that there are rewards for overcoming the trials of this life.
The Days of Awe & The End of The Age
- Creation- The awe of creation is associated with Rosh Hashanah, and it is believed that God’s creation of mankind is marked by this day and His calendar has its beginning at this time. Creation reminds us of God’s original intent for man to have dominion over the earth and rule and reign. Since Adam forfeited that right with original sin, it has been redeemed by Jesus, and we can look forward to the Millenial reign where we rule the earth with the second Adam Jesus, who is our King.
- Judgment- Yes, there is judgment coming. That comes in many ways, and it will depend on what you do with Christ and His teachings or Kingdom values.
A- Judgment Seat of Christ is where rewards are handed out: 1 Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 16:27, 1 Corinthians 3:10-13,15. Christ will sit as judge. The idea of the judgment seat was developed in the Old Testament. It is known as the bema seat. John 19:13, Acts 25:22. See 2 John 8, Revelation 3:11. Other verses include 1 Corinthians 4:2, 1 Cor. 2:9-10, Luke 19:17,19, 2 Timothy 2:7, Revelation 3:4-5.
Paul vividly describes our walk with Christ and eternal rewards in his writings with such language as running a race for the prize, levels of attainment such as gold, silver, clay, wood, hay, and stubble. Christ talks about the Father being the judge, but He also mentions rewards for faithfulness and overcoming trials. Thus the judgment seat of Christ is for believers and is a time where our actions will be rewarded in one way or another.
B- Great White Throne Judgment- Revelation 20:7-15. This is when the wicked, and all who have rejected God in every age, those who rejected Jesus, from this age and the age to come, will be judged and cast into the lake of fire.
C- Christ’s judgment of the sheep and goat nations-Matthew 25:31-36. This is where Christ separates the nations according to whether they have followed Him or not. This will occur at the end of this age. There will be a remnant from every nation worshipping the lamb in Jerusalem in the age to come. However, many nations will fall away as many are currently under the control or influence of the ‘gods’ of this world.
3- 3 Books of Life- Psalm 69:27-28, wicked are blotted out. Daniel 12:1- those whose names are written here will be rescued at the time of the Great tribulation. Luke 10:20, Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:5, Revelation 20:15. If your name is not written there, you will be cast into the Lake of Fire at The Great White Throne judgment.
4- Book of Remembrance-Malachi 3:16. Psalm 56:8. The book of remembrance is special in that it records the righteous and their righteous deeds. This could tie into the rewards handed out by Christ. Suffice it to say your name can be in the Book of life and the book Of Remembrance.
5. The Wedding: I have written about this elsewhere. Jesus talked a lot about weddings, Paul mentions it in his writings, and finally, we see this in Revelation 19:7-9 and 21:2, 7-11. Those at the wedding are the chosen or elect in Christ. They are prepared ahead, and Jesus talked about wedding guests and being prepared in various parables.
We see the wedding theme developed in the Old Testament: Isaac and Rebekah. God consummated His marriage to Israel at the tabernacle, and language such as unfaithful Israel denotes God’s devotion to her. Suffice it to say that the bride of Christ and the wedding should take place before the start of the following age as they will be the ones partnering with Christ in ruling and will receive rewards, as I discussed above.
More To Understand
There are at least five more areas to glean from regarding the days of awe:
1- an awakening blast of the shofar. This should arouse us from slumber to be ready for the trumpet that will send us up to be with Christ.
2- The time of Jacob’s Trouble or the Great Tribulation where the Jews will suffer more horribly than ever before. Jeremiah 30:7. Matthew 24:15-31.
3- Opening of Gates- many gates opened in heaven and here that have remained closed until these last days. They also reference the opening of the age to come. Gates denote government and authority.
4- Resurrection- Regeneration- 1 Corinthians 15:17, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. This occurs at the time of the rapture. The saints receive new ‘glorified’ bodies like Christ had after His resurrection and will live in these for eternity.
5- Season of repentance. After all, that is the primary reason for the Holidays. As believers, it affords us a great opportunity to draw closer to Jesus and prepares for the Great Harvest. Joel 2:28. Incidentally, revival requires repentance.
In conclusion, the days of awe should make us become more fascinated and amazed by our Lord Jesus and bring us closer to serving Him with hearts of love, overflowing with His joy.
We should embrace the end of this age and be more prepared to live in eternity with Him. There is no place for fear in the Kingdom of God for fear, shame, or guilt. Be ready to face the future, knowing your name is in the Book(s).