Court in Session


During High Holy Days, God’s court room is in session.

The time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is open court for God’s people.

It is a time of judgment and decision.

God comes in and we rise to our feet.

He opens His Book for the next year.

He examines the evidence for and against us.

There must be righteous judgment.

Who will be poor and who will prosper?

Who will have famine and who will have food to eat?

Who will be sick and who will be healthy?

Who will have war and who will have peace?

Who will suffer persecution, and who will be safe from persecution?

Who will die and who will live?

We know our fate is in His hands.

We know the power of His judgments.

We know our weaknesses as we stand before Him.

We know He is all just and all holy.

We know we fail before Him.


We also know He is our Father.

We know our relationship with Him.

We know how we have failed, and that He never fails.

We appeal to this relationship and plead for blessings and forgiveness.

We promise to correct our mistakes, if He will only help us.

We cannot do this on our own.

It is important to repent.

To truly be sorry for our sins, and our shortcomings.

It is important to be honest.

He has everything about us in front of Him in His book.

We must not hold back anything, because He knows it all, already.

We cannot escape the truth of even one thing we have done wrong.

He will review everything with us, and expect a response.

This time of judgment and appeal goes on for 10 days.

It is also this time that we review our relationship with others as well.

God is aware of this also, and it is written in His Book.

We must ask forgiveness, and seek to restore what we have damaged.


Have we worked for peace, in order to ask for it?

Have we relieved others who suffer, in order to ask for safety from persecution?

Have we helped the poor, in order to ask for God’s provision?

Have we helped others, in order to ask for help ourselves?

Have we forgiven others, in order to deserve forgiveness?

Have we fed the poor, in order to be spared from famine?

Have we shown mercy, in order to receive mercy?

How will He decide this next year for us?

Will He head our pleadings?

Have we restored the relationship between Him and us, and between others and ourselves?

During this time of 10 days, we must seek God and His will, and obey, showing repentance and willingness to turn away from our selfish ways.

At the end of Yom Kippur, in the evening, God’s book closes for another year.

He has decided.

10 Responses to “Court in Session”

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  2. Good description 😊

  3. The anti typical Day of Atonement has been going on since 1844. This is when the books are opened and the judgment begins. Dan. 7:9-14. Also Rev. 11:15-19. Also Eze. 8, 9.

    • those are speaking of final judgments ….but yes, it is a time of judgment also

      • The judgment is a three part process. The first part takes place before Jesus returns. This judgment is for the benefit of the angels. The books of the saints must be checked against the book of life.

        The second part is during the 1000 years when the books of the wicked are judged by the righteous. Why isn’t my pastor here? An angel will say here let me show you their book.

        The last part is the Great White Throne judgment where the wicked are resurrected, judgment pronounced upon the, and then punished.

        The judgment isn’t just a one event moment. The a Sanctuary in heaven is being cleansed of sin.

  4. Not to discount traditions and beliefs of others – – – it has always felt to me that God’s court is always open and in session. What some people might believe to be “karma” I know to be God’s hand, either swiping someone down, removing them from this earth, or calming and comforting, depending on the situation. Not the Holiday.

    • I agree as believers, court should be open all year….but there is also a special time of focus, where the time is actually dedicated to repentance and judgment, in case one’s mind is “elsewhere” the rest of the year…..

  5. Denise,

    “Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand…Behold, the Judge is standing at the door” (James 5:8-9, NKJV).

    “The Lord shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me…Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just;
    For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. My defense is of God,
    Who saves the upright in heart” (Psalm 7:8-10, NKJV).

    Psalm 25

  6. In 2012, I was praying for a guy I knew who’d been going through a particularly hard time and who was apparently under the judgment or bondage of the enemy. This person really needed Jesus to make a judgment on his behalf. Lk. 18 talks about a widow before a judge, seeking justice against her adversary, and in Lk. 13, Jesus made a judgment call in favor of a woman who’d been living in bondage: He said, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity”, and it was so just as He decreed it. In prayer in 2012 for that guy, I knew he’d been petitioning the Judge for justice against the adversary and that he needed Jesus’ judgment: “Your warfare is ended.”

    As I prayed the guy, I suddenly got a vision of him standing in the Heavenly Courtroom before the throne of God. Jesus stood to his right and satan, the adversary, to his left, accusing him. Addressing God the Father, satan poured out an endless diatribe against the guy to God, stating all the reasons God should not allow the guy to be free of satan’s bondage. Jesus stood quietly, awaiting the moment in time when He would speak and render a judgment in the guy’s favor. As I came out of the vision, I realized that the guy would have victory and that it only awaited the time when Jesus would speak.

    Court was in session in that 2012 vision, and I wonder if this coming Rosh Hashannah will, as a mutual friend told me several days ago, have anything to do with the vision I saw.

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