Before I became a believer I used to wonder why we as Jewish people made what we call the Jewish New Year – but what the God of Israel calls the first day of the seventh month – so important. It was one of the two times of the year that my family went to synagogue every year, along with Yom Kippur. One day it occurred to me that “Someone” is keeping us, preserving us, watching over us, and this “God” has brought us through another year and is giving us another one. It makes sense, then, that if this were true, we as individuals and as a nation, as a people, owe Him thanks and should be mindful of Him whom we believed to be good, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present.
Dt 31: 21 God knows the inclination of our behavior even before He chose us and before He brings us into the inheritance of the land He has sworn by covenant to give to those who place their trust in Him
REPENT, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NEAR! SHUVU BIT’SHUVA KI KARVAH MALCHUT SHAMA’IM!
Throughout the whole of the Scriptures, YHVH God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, calls His people to hear (obey) His voice, confess their sin against Him, and He will bless them with His peace, with His presence. He will be their/our God, and they/we will be His people. This is His covenant promise to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, and to their descendants, as well as to all others who come to Him in the same way by faith through the Messiah Yeshua.
Lev 26:40-42 Moses, from the beginning
Joel 2:12-19 towards the end
Ps 32:1-7 David, as individuals
Dan 9: 24 God’s time-table; the appointed times/holidays are prophetic signs
Mt 3:1-3 John the Baptiser, preparing the way of the Lord
Mt 4:17 Yeshua Messiah
Acts 2:36-39 Peter after Pentecost
Acts 17:26-31 Paul to the nations and all peoples
Rev 14:6-7 the angels to all who dwell on the Earth