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Repentance – Hebrew: Teshuvah

In Hebrew the word for ‘repent’ is shuv and means to repent and turn away, ‘to turn back’ or ‘return.’ This word is found over 400 times in the Hebrew Scriptures.


Teshuvah, תשובה, is the Hebrew word for ‘repentance’ and comes from the root of shuv and means ‘a return to righteousness.’

“Men are to return from ‘sin,’ which is a path, a life-style, or act deviating from that which God has marked out. They should depart from sin, be concerned about it, confess it ….” (Vines Expository Dictionary of Hebrew and Greek Words)

““Make the heart of this people [sluggish with] fat, stop up their ears, and shut their eyes. Otherwise, seeing with their eyes, and hearing with their ears, then understanding with their hearts, they might repent and be healed!” (Isaiah 6:10).

“For this is what Adonai Elohim, the Holy One of Isra’el, says: “Returning [teshuvah] and resting is what will save you; calmness and confidence will make you strong — but you want none of this!” (Isaiah 30:15).

“With a winnowing fork I am scattering them to the wind at the gates of the land; I am bereaving them, destroying my people, because they will not return [teshuvah] from their ways” (Jeremiah 15:7).

Yeshua and Sha’ul (Paul) use the same Hebrew concept of ‘returning’ or ‘turning from sin’ when they speak about repentance. Sha’ul taught this not only in Jerusalem and Judea, but also to the gentile nations.

Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!” (Matthew 3:2).

“But I prayed for you, Shim‘on, that your trust might not fail. And you, once you have turned back in repentance, strengthen your brothers!” (Luke 22:32)

“In the same way, I tell you, there is joy among God’s angels when one sinner repents [returns]” (Luke 15:10).

“On the contrary, I announced first in Dammesek, then in Yerushalayim and throughout Y’hudah, and also to the Goyim, that they should turn from their sins to God and then do deeds consistent with that repentance (Acts 26:20).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Tet is a picture of a Snake and means ‘twisting.’

Shin is a picture for Tooth and means ‘destroy’

Vav is picture for Nail and means ‘binding’

Bet is a picture for a House and means ‘family’

Hey is a picture for a Window and means ‘reveal’

teshuvah – twisting and destroying the bondage to the house, revealed

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Flee from Sexual Immorality

“Run [flee, escape, shun] from sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the fornicator sins against his own body”  (1 Corinthians 6:18).  

As many believers in this nation seek to RETURN to the God of Isra’el, they must first REPENT from their sins. This is what RETURN actually means.

Sin is sin whether young, middle aged, or old. Sin is sin and it separates anyone who enjoins with it from having a vibrant relationship with Yeshua. Immorality is immorality and it is wicked. Fornication, sex without being married,  is no different from the sexual sins of adultery (sex outside of marriage) or homosexuality (sex with your same gender).  It is impossible to stand against one sexual sin, for example, homosexuality, and be involved in another.  That is having a divided heart and will incur guilt (Hosea 6:2).  

Yeshua gave his life, poured out his blood, to cleanse us from ALL sin, including the guilt that goes with it.   Sha’ul desired with a righteous jealousy to present those he was teaching as a ‘pure virgin’ to the Messiah. However, he feared their minds might be seduced away from a ‘pure and simple’ devotion to Yeshua just as Havah (Eve) was deceived by the serpent (2 Corinthians 11:2-3).  Has this not happened over the past several generations? Have we not been seduced to believe ‘living in sin’ is now okay by being taught certain Truths aren’t for today? Have we become so complacent we cannot speak Truth into wounded, guilty hearts in order to set them free?

As a nation, we murder the innocent, the unborn in the womb, but as the Body of Messiah, we condone the very sexual sin that leads to such murder. We not only allow men and women to live together, even in leadership roles,  we even approve of it because of a watered down message of repentance and embracing the ‘tolerance’ view of the world.   God judges His people first and He doesn’t tolerate sin.   If we desire truth and integrity within our nation and leaders, then we must desire and embrace Truth in our churches as well.

Believers must turn from that which God calls sin.  Both men and women must repent from making their bridal gown filthy, dirty, foul nasty through immoral relationships and return to God and restore our light for the world.   If immorality continues to reign in the Body of Messiah as it so rampantly does, the lampstand of the church will most definitely be removed and the darkness will overtake the light.

“My brothers [and sisters], if one of you wanders from the truth, and someone causes him to return, you should know that whoever turns a sinner from his wandering path will save him from death and cover many sins” (James 5:19-20). 

We do have hope. Cause someone to return to God. Challenge them with a mustard seed of faith to leave their immoral ways. Help them to escape from death and cover their many sins. This is the work of Yeshua. This is the work of the Ruach HaKodesh. This is the work He has called us to do.

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Pray and Repent, Return

“If I shut up the sky, so that there is no rain; or if I order locusts to devour the land; or if I send an epidemic of sickness among my people; then, if my people, who bear my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn [repent[ from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for a National Day of Prayer on March 30, 1863 to occur one month later on April 30. On that day, he called the people of the United States in humility before Almighty God to fast, pray, and gather together, and appeal to Him for forgiveness and a restoration of blessing.

The following two days, May 1 and 2, battles raged in the north and south that would change the course of the civil war from being a certain Confederate victory to a victory for the Union. Two months later, the turning points of the war came to pass in Vicksburg which divided the Confederacy and Gettysburg which stopped the northern progress of the war.

Today the United States is facing another dividing civil war, not between the north and south, but still between brothers, sisters, friends, and families. This war is for the very human soul of this country and the rest of the world because we have walked away from the One who created the soul, the One who can heal the soul, Yeshua.

“For such a time as this,” in our day and our time, President Donald J. Trump, inaugurated a new national day of prayer. This national and global day of prayer coincides with the Days of Awe, the days of repentance set up by the God of Isra’el when the Israelites came out of Egypt. This inaugural day of prayer falls between the Biblically ‘appointed times’ of Yom Teruah [Feast of Trumpets[ and Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] when the God of Isra’el calls the people of the nations to repent before His Day of Judgment.

For the first time in the history of the world, people from every nation came together via livestream as well as physically in Washington, DC to repent and return to the ways of the Creator. Jews and non-Jews joined together during the high Sabbath of the Days of Awe because one man heard the prophetic voice of Adonai in the Scriptures written about ancient Isra’el recurring in the events happening in our day.

In these unprecedented times, President Trump issued a message on the inaugural day of prayer and return, September 26, 2020. May his message be embraced so that Elohim hears our nation’s cries. May his message challenge every American and those in the nations who are God’s people to return to Him, His ways, His commandments. May they put away all religious divisions and become ‘One New Man’ in the Messiah of Isra’el. May they return to being the Light they were called to be for the world, a light to show salvation and hope in Yeshua/Jesus.

May each individual prayer of repentance touch the heart of the God of Isra’el that He turns away from judging us for the sins we have globally committed and propagated against Him with other gods and goddesses, His holy institution of marriage between a man and a woman, and the shedding of innocent blood through the murder of the unborn. May each individual prayer of repentance be a catalyst to change the course of history as it did in 1863.

Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020

“On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.

Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time.  Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World.  From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord.  Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.

The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great.  Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God.  As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”  As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.

Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility.  With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.”

Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing. To learn more about the civil war and how the United States is following in the footsteps of ancient Israel, read the Harbinger and Harbinger II.