(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) The Feast of Trumpets (also called Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah) begins the first of the Ten Days of Awe. On the Feast of Trumpets, the Jewish people believe that every person’s name is written into the book of life, death, or the intermediate. From Trumpets through the end of the Feast of Atonement, Ten Days later, a person who did not repent during Teshuvah has the opportunity to return to God. These are ten days of grace to have your name changed from the book of death into the book of life. Jewish tradition says that when the door to the Temple closed after the Feast of Atonement, a person’s fate was sealed for the upcoming year.

We can see from the Bible a pattern of ten days being used in powerful ways that tie into the Days of Awe. Rebekah’s family begged for her to stay 10 more days before she left to marry Isaac (Genesis 24:55). It was 10 days between Nabal’s rejection of David and the Lord striking him dead (I Samuel 25:38). Every 10 days Nehemiah was abundantly supplied with wine of all kinds (Nehemiah 5:18). There were 10 days from the time the people of Judah asked for a Word from the Lord until Jeremiah actually received one (Jer. 42:7). There were 10 days between Daniel’s request to abstain from the King’s Table from when the king’s men checked on them (Dan. 1:12-15). READ MORE