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Elul is Repentance Month before Judgment                       Direct your mind to the highway, the way by which you
                                                               went. Return, O virgin of Israel, Return to these your
In the Hebrew calendar, Elul is the sixth month and falls      cities.
on our calendar in August. Six is preparation day for the
Sabbath Rest – a day of man and the double blessing of          Repentance and Selichot
manna. Nisan, the month of Passover, is the first month
                                                               This ritual for the new moon of Elul incorporates the
and Elul is the sixth month of "preparation" for the high
                                                               practice of blowing the Shofar (ram's horn) during Elul.
holy days in the seventh month of Tishri. This 6th month
                                                               The blowing Shofar is a wake-up call to sleepers, designed
is placed between the two great sins past and the coming
                                                               to rouse us from our complacency. It is a call to
judgment future. The 6th month Elul follows the Golden
                                                               repentance. As the month of Elul draws to a close, the
Calf incident (Idolatry) in 4th month of Tammuz and the
                                                               mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for
12 Spies evil report in the 5th month of Av. (Faithless
                                                               forgiveness called Selichot are added to religious services.
Unbelief) The future Trumpets and Atonement follow in
                                                                The entire community, including men, women and older
7th month of Tishri when judgment comes.
                                                               children, attend the first Selichot service, and the rabbi
 One derivation of the word "Elul" means "search" or           gives a sermon.
"inspect", alluding to the nature of our task during this
                                                                A fundamental part of the Selichot service is the
month. Another rabbinical interpretation of "Elul": "Elul"
                                                               recitation of the "Thirteen Attributes," a list of God's
means "returned with," specifically with those Jews who
                                                               thirteen attributes of mercy that were revealed to Moses
returned to Israel after the 70-year Exile in
                                                               after the sin of the golden calf (Ex 34:6-7): Lord [1], The
Babylonia/Repentance. It is this meaning that ties to the
                                                               Lord [2], God [3], merciful [4], and gracious [5], long-
Temple rebuilding of the month of Elul, as well as Gods
                                                               suffering [6], abundant in goodness [7] and truth [8],
commands to Haggai during the month of Elul.
                                                               keeping mercy unto the thousandth generation [9],
 This month Elul, whose constellation is the Maiden,           forgiving iniquity [10] and transgression [11] and sin [12],
commonly called Virgo, is set aside for Repentance or          who cleanses [13].
spiritual return. Rebecca is the first one called in scripture
                                                                Occurrences of the A-L-V-L (Elul) in Scripture
as a “Betulah” a virgin - whom no man had known. In
Genesis 24:16.                                                 The letters are Aleph - Lamed -Vav– Lamed Occur 4x as
                                                               acrostics and 1x as a named month. What starts out as a
 The First mention in scripture of anything defines its use
                                                               lesson in Repentance in Torah ends with union and
and meaning. This first mention of a future bride of Isaac,
                                                               restoration with the King in Song of Songs.
a type of Messiah, holds huge significance for the church
today. Our theology was written in Genesis and the              Repentance/deliverance from sin nature
Gentile bride of the Messiah was no mystery.
                                                               1) Deut 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thy
 The scripture that the sages related to the Maiden is         heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God
"…Return, O Maiden of Israel, return to these cities of        with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou may live.
yours!" (Jeremiah 31:20) The call to the virgin is Go back Those 4 words start with E-L-U-L and the context is of a
– the road markers will point out where she left the path time after God drove Israel into the nations. A new nature
and guide her back to her beloved. Jer 31 v 21 Set up for      is promised them and we are partakers through Yeshua of
yourself road marks, Place for yourself guideposts;            that promise when we are given a new heart. He did not
                                                               come to make bad men good but make dead men live.

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Repentance/deliverance for unintentional sin                     prophet Isaiah, who said, "Seek God when He is at hand;
                                                                 Call upon Him when He is near" (Is 55:6).
2) Ex 21:13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver
him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither       The King is in His field - The month is described as
he shall flee. E-L-U-L spelt again. (A reference to the cities   preparation for the divine coronation on the Feast of
of refuge established for the unintentional man                  Trumpets: It is like a king who, before he enters the city,
slaughterer – forgiveness for unintentional sin. The Cities      the people of the city go out to greet him in the field.
of refuge are an escape of the coming wrath and                  There, everyone who so desires is permitted to meet him;
judgment, so repentance is an escape of judgment.                he receives them all with a cheerful countenance and
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do”             shows a smiling face to them all. And when he goes to the
….are the words that transform the murder of our Savior          city, they follow him there.
into manslaughter. So we have the opportunity to repent
and flee to Him our City of refuge, for He is our refuge.         Later, however, after he enters his royal palace, none can
                                                                 enter into his presence except by appointment, and only
Soon He is to return as the Avenger of blood.
                                                                 special people and select individuals. So, too, by analogy,
Reconciliation of an errant Bride to her King                    the month of Elul is when we meet God in the field.

3) The name of the month (spelled ELUL = Alef-Lamed-              Also, during Elul, Psalm 27 is recited after prayers in the
Vav-Lamed) is said to be an acronym of "Ani l'dodi v'dodi        synagogue. "A psalm of David - the Lord is my light and
li," "I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine," a quote         my salvation... for he will hide me in his tent." ((During
from Song of Songs 6:3. In Aramaic (the vernacular of the        up the coming judgment)) By implication we need to
Jewish people at the time that the month names were              have already found light and salvation to be hidden in His
adopted), the word "Elul" means "search," which is               tent during judgment.
appropriate, because this is a time of year we should seek
Him, while He may be found.                                       4) Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the
                                                                 Lord. They said: I will sing = E LUL in the Hebrew. (Exodus
 The whole book of the Song of Songs is about the King in        15:1) Purpose for Israel’s deliverance was to worship
the field//harvest and a sleepy bride who needs to repent        God! (Ex. 7:16; 8:1; 8:20; 9:1; 9:13) So after the
and come to work with Him in a summer harvest.. This is          Baptism//Repentance of Israel into the sea and coming
the month that the “King is in His field” and can be             out of and the separation from Egypt (the world) they
approached before He is on His throne and court is in            broke out in song and worship.
                                                                 Dates of Elul in Scripture
 For too soon comes the fall judgments – The harvest is
past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.                 Start of Temple Re-building and the Finishing the Wall
Jer.8v20. Notice the summer is the grain harvest and in          that set apart Jerusalem.
the fall God will turn His attention to Israel, that vineyard
                                                           Haggai 1v 14 And the Lord stirred up the spirit of
and the fig tree which He planted.                        Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Yeshua
 This is the time when the Eternal King leaves the        the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all
heavenly throne and descends to inspect this world. This  the remnant of the people; and they came and worked at
is the period when we are closest to God, and God is most the house of Jehovah of hosts, their God, (15) In the four
                                                          and twentieth day of the sixth month, (ELUL) in the
receptive to our prayers. We look to the words of the

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second year of Darius the king. Temple rebuilding started      August 13th 1727 Moravians and by 1730 in the USA -
in Elul.                                                      The one I discussed in detail two months ago under UNITY
                                                              is the Moravian Revival which started the First Great
 That same worship echoed in Jerusalem after the              Awakening (1730’s and 1740’s) . The Holy Spirit filled a
sanctification and the setting apart of Jerusalem was         prayer meeting of 300 and started a worldwide revival
completed in the month of Elul. As we read in Nehemiah, that influenced the Wesley’s. The revival spilled on the
"The wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul (sixth shores of the USA in 1730 under the preaching of
month) after fifty-two days. It happened that when all our
                                                              Whitefield and Edwards. This swept the North East of the
enemies heard this, and all the nations around us saw,
they fell greatly in their own eyes, for they realized that
this work was accomplished by our G-d." (Nehemiah 6:15-                            70 years went by….
                                                               August 6th 1831 – Second Great Awakening (1830’s and
It was a time of desiring truth (8:1) Ne 8:1 And all the      1850’s) Church membership in 1800 Kentucky was only
people gathered themselves together as one man into the five percent of the population and on the frontier;
broad place that was before the water gate; and they          immoral activities appeared nearly as rampant as they do
spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of today. Ministers of the day lamented the profaning of the
Moses.                                                        Sabbath, prevalence of vulgarity in speech and action,
                                                              rampant fraud, drunkenness, gambling, lewdness, and an
It was a time of separation (9:2) Ne 9:2 And the seed of      overall disinterest in spiritual matters. Travelers began
Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood arriving on Friday, August 6, 1801 amidst a downpour of
and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers rain. About 12,000 persons, 125 wagons, 8 carriages, 900

It was a time of true worship (9:3) Ne 9:3 And they stood communicants. Patterson writes, "suppose so large a
up in their place, and read in the book of the law of         congregation assembled in the woods, ministers
Jehovah their God a fourth part of the day; and another       preaching day and night; the camp illuminated with
fourth part they confessed, and worshiped.                    candles, on trees, at wagons, and at the tents….. August
                                                              1801 - Cane Ridge Revival that transformed the frontier
Those are the reforms that will come to the people called and created what we call the Bible Belt. Between 1800
“Christian” who are by His name according to His              and 1803, the Kentucky Baptists gained nearly 10,000 new
purpose. There is a month of E.L.U.L still coming - one last members while the Methodists reached more than 6,000
Great Revival – for the first fruits. A people reconciled to  in just two years. This swept the South and West of the
their God called to fellowship and to again sing a song of    USA.
Moses. The king is still in the field but a short time.
                                                                          210 (3x70) years went by …to 2010.
 So let us look if we can see any Repentance marking the
                                                               Now it has been another 210 years…… (3x70) ….or 490
Month of Elul in history.                                     (7x70) years since Luther (1520) to 2010. The 1st Great
                                                              Awakening prepared a nation for the Revolutionary war,
 Luther mailed his 95 thesis to Wittenberg in 1517 and in
                                                              the 2nd Great Awakening prepared us for the Civil
1520 published “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church”
                                                              War…..There is one more Great move of God left to
which forever split him from Rome.
                                                              prepare us for the future coming numbers of our dead.
               210 (3 x 70) years went by…
                                                            So the design looks like this:

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(A) 1520 -Luther Babylonian captivity of the church…         the altar stood alone for 14 years. It was built on a
                                                             foundation of the old but work was stopped after two
Then add 210 years                                           years.
(b)1730 – 1st Great Awakening                                 It was another August, another month of Elul, that the
Then add 70 Years                                            word of the Lord came to Haggai. It is time to finish the
                                                             house. It is time to restore all things. We need to look
(b)1800-- 2nd Great Awakening                                past the changes of Constantine in 325. A.D. and restore
                                                             the faith taught and practiced by the Apostles with only
Then add 210 years
                                                             “Solo Scriptura” for our guide.
(A) 2010 It is 490 (70x7) years since Luther. Time to
                                                              Haggai 1v 2 - These are the words of the Lord of armies:
restore all things.
                                                             This people say, the time has not come for building the
                     A-b-b-A Design                          Lord's house.

A Worldwide Move of God was followed by two minor          Let us not be “This people” but may He call us “My
moves and now a Worldwide Move is due….                   People”… Let us return to the Lord with the prayers of
                                                          Ps 27 and Psalm 51 of Repentance during the month of
 4It has been 490 years since Luther wrote The Babylonian August (Elul).
Captivity of the Church. Like an Ezra who took 49,700 out
of Babylon, Luther led a remnant out of Rome. He           Ps 27:4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I
planted an altar of Grace, and “Saved by Faith” in the    seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the
Sacrifice of Yeshua as the only altar, with baptism and   days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to
communion our only sacraments.                            inquire in His temple.

Luther was anti-Semitic so we inherited his flaws:            David’s heart was right but God has judged our
                                                             McMansions and all the work of our hands and found
1) Replacement Theology (Church replaces Israel) denies      them wanting…..
Romans 9-11. This leads to bad Eschatology for Yeshua
never fulfills the promises made to Abraham and never        Hag 1:9 You looked for much, and, lo, it came too little;
sits on David’s throne and His Kingdom is never              and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why?
established on this earth. Rome is left to rule the earth.   Saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is
                                                             waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. And by
2) Validity of Law and O.T. done away with. Leads to         My order no rain came on the land or on the mountains
Anti-nomianism for Gods Law is a Light.                      or the grain or the wine or the oil or the produce of the
                                                             earth or on men or cattle or on any work of man's
3) Sabbath and the Calendar of God are still a mystery to
the Reformed church at large.
                                                              It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God.
 The Reformation cried “Solo Scriptura” but Rome laughs
                                                             The bride needs to make herself ready. Yeshua is a city of
as we continue to observe changes they made. Our
                                                             refuge all of us who through sin have His blood on our
obedience to their changes of scripture is proof we
                                                             hands. Seek His refuge now.
acknowledge their authority to change scripture and the
clear teachings of God. The altar Luther built has stood
now 490 years as an incomplete work. As in Ezra’s day
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God bless you in this most solemn month as we prepare     8 My heart says of you, "Seek His face!"
for our soon coming King. Seek Him now for He is in the      Your face, LORD, I will seek.
                                                          9 Do not hide your face from me,
Psalm 27 is prayed each day during ELUL and the 40           do not turn your servant away in anger;
days starting August 11th to Yom Kippur.                     you have been my helper.
                                                             Do not reject me or forsake me,
The LORD is my light and my salvation—
                                                             O God my Savior.
   whom shall I fear?
   The LORD is the stronghold of my life—                 10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
   of whom shall I be afraid?                                the LORD will receive me.

2 When evil men advance against me                        11 Teach me your way, O LORD;
   to devour my flesh,                                       lead me in a straight path
   when my enemies and my foes attack me,                    because of my oppressors.
   they will stumble and fall.
                                                          12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
3 Though an army besiege me,                                 for false witnesses rise up against me,
   my heart will not fear;                                   breathing out violence.
   though war break out against me,
                                                          13 I am still confident of this:
   even then will I be confident.
                                                             I will see the goodness of the LORD
4 One thing I ask of the LORD,                               in the land of the living.
   this is what I seek:
                                                          14 Wait for the LORD;
   that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
   all the days of my life,                                  be strong and take heart
   to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD                       and wait for the LORD.
   and to seek him in his temple.                         See you Saturday Sabbath right after Breakfast in the
5 For in the day of trouble                               Chapel Building @8:15 am.
   he will keep me safe in his dwelling;                  Richard A. Volunteer.
   he will hide me in the shelter of

   His tabernacle
   and set me high upon a rock.

6 Then my head will be exalted
   above the enemies who surround me;
   at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with

   shouts of joy;
   I will sing and make music to the LORD.

7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
   be merciful to me and answer me.

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