5775 -5776  Kingdom HOLY Days
Following are 2015 dates for the KING’S APPOINTED TIMES.* These are the Kingdom of Heaven’s Holy Days. In Leviticus 23:2 God tells us, “These are My appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” They are the Lord’s specially appointed times available to all God’s followers. Mark your calendar and plan ahead to participate with Adonai on His Holy Days!
On the King’s Calendar a day begins and ends at dusk (See Genesis 1).
Accordingly, each of these Feasts begins and ends at sundown.
- Passover: April 3-4
- Feast of Unleavened Bread: April 4-11
- Feast of First Fruits: April 4-5
- Counting the Omer: April 5-May 23
- Feast of Weeks (Pentecost): May 23-24
- Tisha B’Av (Day of Destruction): July 25-26
- Feast of Trumpets: September 13-14
- Day of Atonement: September 22-23
- Feast of Tabernacles/Shelters/Harvest: Sept. 28 – Oct. 5
- The Eighth Day: October 5-6
We must remember when we are reviewing material that was printed some time ago that the HOLY SPIRIT is continuing to reveal new things in this hour so, bear that in mind as you read things that were said even a year ago because, our whole understanding has changed.
I may not personally agree with everything taught in the links provided below but in general this is an excellent resource for growing believers who are interested in knowing more about the appointed times in the King’s Calendar.
The following attachment includes this list of Feasts, plus Purim and Hanukkah. It shows the Kingdom and Gregorian dates, the Kingdom names, the purpose of the Feasts and Biblical instructions for observing them from a Messianic understanding:
2015 Appointed Times at a Glance
The Month Of Elul: The days preceding Rosh Hashanah (Kingdom new year)
The Kingdom month preceding Rosh Hashanah, Elul, is designated as a month of introspection and repentance. In preparation for the Kingdom New Year, special prayers are recited. Psalm 27 is added at the end of morning and evening prayers, and the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown at the end of morning services on weekdays (except for the eve of Rosh Hashanah itself). Also, many complete the entire Book of Psalms twice during the month. It is customary to increase the giving of charity (Tzedakah) and to ask forgiveness from friends.
At midnight on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah, Ashkenazi Disciples begin reciting selichot. On the following days, however, they generally recite the selichot before the regular morning prayers. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, extra prayers are recited and many fast until noon.
Rosh Hashanah (ראש השנה rōsh hashānāh, beginning of the year) is the Kingdom New Year, and falls on the first and second days of the Kingdom month of Tishri (September/October). The Mishnah, the core work of the Kingdom Oral Torah, sets this day aside as the new year for calculating calendar years and Sabbatical and jubilee years.
Rabbinic literature describes this day as a day of judgment. God is sometimes referred to as the “Ancient of Days.” Some descriptions depict God as sitting upon a throne, while books containing the deeds of all humanity are opened before Him.
Prayer services are longer than on a regular Shabbat or other Kingdom holidays, and include (on weekdays) the blowing of the shofar. On the afternoon of the first (or the second, if the first was Saturday) day, the ritual tashlikh is performed, in which sins are “cast” into open water, such as a river, sea, or lake.
The Ten Days of Repentance
The “ten days of repentance” include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the days in between, during which time Disciples should meditate on the subject of the holidays and ask for forgiveness from anyone they have wronged. They include the Fast of Gedaliah, on the third day of Tishri, and Shabbat Shuvah, which is the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Shabbat Shuvah has a special Haftarah that begins Shuvah Yisrael (come back, oh Israel), hence the name of that Shabbat. Traditionally the rabbi gives a long sermon on that day.
It is held that, while judgment on each person is pronounced on Rosh Hashanah, it is not made absolute until Yom Kippur. The Ten Days are therefore an opportunity to mend one’s ways in order to alter the judgment in one’s favor.
Yom Kippur (יום כפור yom kippūr, “Day of Atonement”) is the Kingdom festival of the Day of Atonement. The Kingdom Bible calls the day Yom Hakippurim (Kingdom , “Day of the Atonement/s”).
In the Kingdom calendar, the ninth day of Tishri is known as Erev Yom Kippur (Yom Kippur eve). Yom Kippur itself begins around sunset on that day and continues into the next day until nightfall, and therefore lasts about 25 hours.
Observant Disciples will fast throughout Yom Kippur and many attend synagogue for most of the day. There are five prayer services, one in the evening (sometimes known as “Kol Nidre” from one of the main prayers) and four consecutively on the day.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Complete Repentance!
Yom Kippur is “the tenth day of [the] seventh month” (Tishrei) and is regarded as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”. Rosh Hashanah (referred to in the Torah as Yom Teruah) is the first day of that month according to the Hebrew calendar. On this day forgiveness of sins is also asked of God.
Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in the Kingdom as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) that commences with Rosh Hashanah.
Heavenly books opened
According to Kingdom tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. During the Days of Awe, a Jew tries to amend his or her behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God (bein adam leMakom) and against other human beings (bein adam lechavero). The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt (Vidui). At the end of Yom Kippur, one hopes that they have been forgiven by God.