The Spiritual Significance of the Days of Awe

Special Days

Days of Awe

Other Name

also known as 10 Days of Awe

Biblical Significance

The 10 Days of Awe span from Yom Teruah to Yom Kippur. The Bible does not command us to observe these days explicitly. However, given the significance of Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur, the children of Israel have dedicated these days to prepare for Yom Kippur. Observing the 10 Days of Awe has become an important Jewish religious tradition, which was clearly guided by the Holy Spirit, as God’s people continued to seek Him.

Spiritual Relevance

Messiah Yeshua is returning to the earth on Yom Teruah, and God the Father will judge all humanity on Yom Kippur. Hence, the Days of Awe will be fulfilled in the Millennial Reign.

Observance Suggestion

After being awakened to God’s purposes for us on Yom Teruah and beginning to prepare for Yom Kippur, we should come before God each day during the 10 Days of Awe in fasting, prayer and repentance. It’s God’s will to cleanse us and speak to us in these 10 days, but we must position ourselves to hear from Him and receive His cleansing.


These days are not “no work” days, so creating special times of personal and family devotions will require planning and commitment. When working with children or other family members, be sure to make times intimate and interesting. This is definitely a serious time, but it should also be enjoyable and something that each person will remember. The environment should be one of self-reflection and confession, so be sure to make it a safe and comfortable time.