Elul: Breaking Cycles & Redeeming Time, part 2

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about an amazing season where the Father has actually knitted into the fabric of time an extra measure of grace to break negative cycles and to redeem time that has been lost. This season is a 40-day period which begins with the Hebrew month of Elul and ends with the Day of Atonement. This year, it began at sundown on Saturday, August 27th. 

Last week, we talked about exactly why we get stuck in repetitive cycles and that fact that, when there is the fruit of something in your life, there is always a root. Today, we’re going to see how the Father’s heart of redemption is woven into the Biblical feasts and how we can cooperate with Yeshua, who is the embodiment of that redemption in our lives. 

In Hebrew, the letters of the month Elul (alef, lamed, vav, lamed) are an acronym for the phrase Ani ledodi vedodi li, which is I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine (Song of Solomon 6:3). In Hebrew tradition, Elul is the time when “the King is in the field rather than in the palace.” Unlike other times when He is in the palace, once a year, during the month of Elul, He is walking in the fields, easily accessible to all. Of course we know that the veil has been torn, and, because of Christ, we can approach His throne boldly any time. But the point is that during this season, there is a special grace, when God speaks to us about what needs to be redeemed from past cycles and seasons.

In the Spirit, this season can feel like everything is loose and uncertain. But that is intentional on God’s part, because, before each new cycle, He gives us the opportunity to properly align. During this month, I usually set aside specific time to listen, and to pray through things I am struggling with, as well as past dreams, revelation and prophetic words. Two years after doing this for the first time during Elul, I looked back at the negative cycles the Holy Spirit had highlighted to me, and I was amazed to see that He had uprooted all of them!

The first day of the following month, the month of Tishrei, is Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets. It can be viewed as a prophetic wake-up call, but I believe it is also the traditional trumpet call blown to announce the King. In other words, on this day, we are choosing to make Him King over our lives, particularly all the areas He has spoken to us about throughout the past month. We are enthroning Him over all the things we have said “yes” and said “no” throughout the prior month. 

There are 10 days between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) which are called the Days of Awe. There is much to say about this day, but in the context of this teaching, I just want to mention that, at Yom Kippur, we will be sealed for another cycle and we will eat from the fruit of what we have said yes to and what we have said no to. I believe that many times, this fruit manifests in a tangible way in the earthly, natural realm by Passover, in the spring.

Next week, I’ll give you some specific keys and practical pointers to help you prepare and to get the most out of this season. Remember…in Him, nothing is impossible. You can redeem missed opportunities because time itself is subject to Him in you – Christ in you, the hope of glory! So, today, step out of agreement with all discouragement, defeat and hopelessness. Breathe in the abundant grace that is being poured out from heaven. You are an overcomer!

And if you missed the audio version of this teaching, here is the link: Breaking Cycles and Redeeming Time

As always, thanks for joining me on this incredible journey. What an amazing time to be alive!

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