The Holy Days: Rosh Hashana (Feast of Trumpets) Sounding of Shofar (Rapture) 5 of 12

"A Study of Those Days God Alone Calls Holy"
Our Look
At the Fall Feasts Begins with Rosh Hashana
#A greater study of an accurate grace based Jewish Christian Perspective can be found Here:

("Rosh Hashana Courtesy of H4C)
This Year
Yom Teru'ah
(Day of Sounding and Hearing the Shofar)
Rosh Hashana
(Head of the New Year adpated by the Rabbinate)
Part of Tabernacles
(One of Three times a Year required of the Lord to appear)
is
 September 28 (at sundown) 

Israel's New Year Begins:

The Feast of Trumpets

by Chuck Missler

The First of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, which begins the Jewish New Year, is the celebration of Rosh Hashana ("The Head of the Year") and also the Feast of Trumpets. This day begins Israel's civil year and is celebrated for two days (the second day was added by the rabbis around 500 b.c.).

Everything in the Torah (or the Pentateuch, the Five Books of Moses) has a prophetic as well as historical significance and merits our careful attention. Jesus indicated this in Matthew 5:17:

Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

Paul also emphasized this in Romans 15:4:

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning. . .

The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.

The Feasts of Moses

The Torah details seven feasts which take place during the Hebrew calendar year:1

Three feasts are in the spring, in the month of Nisan: Passover; the Feast of Unleavened Bread; and the Feast of First Fruits. Fifty days later there is a fourth feast, Shavout, or the Feast of Weeks, also known as Pentecost.

There are three remaining feasts in the fall, in the month of Tishri: the Feast of Trumpets; the Yom Kippur(the Day of Atonement); and the Feast of Tabernacles. [There are two reckonings of the Hebrew year: the civil year starts in the fall on the First of Tishri; the religious calendar starts in the spring in the month of Nisan.2]

Their Prophetic Role

While each of these feasts has a historical commemoraive role, each also has a prophetic role. This role is highlighted in Colossians 2:16-17:

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come.

The Feast of Trumpets

September 25th is also known as Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets.3 Observed on the First and Second of Tishri, the celebration actually begins 29 days earlier: a series of over 90 trumpet blasts accrue for a final blowing of blasts on the climax of the celebration, the Teki'ah Gedolah, the Great Blowing.

In the rabbinical literature, there are many details that are quite provocative. Among the most significant is the use of the shofar, the ram's horn, instead of the usual silver Temple trumpets. (If you visit the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, you can see the silver trumpets that have been fashioned for use in the coming Temple.)

The shofar is associated with the Akedah, Abraham's offering of Isaac on Mount Moriah, as detailed in Genesis 22. Rabbinical tradition associates the left horn of the ram as the "first trump" and the right horn as the "last trump".

A distinguishing feature of the celebration is the last, climactic blast, the Teki'at Shofar. This is not the usual series of short bursts, signalling alarm or bad news. Rather, it is a long blast, signalling victory or good news. It is this last blast that is referred to as the last trump.

Paul's Mystery

In Paul's Resurrection Chapter, I Corinthians 15, he describes that strange event which has now become known as "The Rapture" of the Church:

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

What did he mean, "the last trump"?

Some have tried to link this phrase to the Seventh Trumpet Judgment in Revelation, but there is no basis for it. The Seventh Trumpet Judgment is not the final trumpet: for a thousand years (at least) there will be subsequent trumpets in services performed in the Millennial Temple.

So, just what is this "last trump"? Since Paul was of Pharisaical back ground, it has been suggested that he was alluding to the climactic trumpet of the Feast of Trumpets and that, perhaps, this feast is prophetic of the call of God's people (which he also refers to in Romans 11:2-5). Possibly. But there are other possibilities as well.

The Other Feasts

Following the Feast of Trumpets are the Yomim Noraim, the seven "Days of Affliction" in anticipation ofYom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on the 10th of Tishri (October 4).

Five days later, the 15th of Tishri (October 9-17) begins the Succoth, or the Feast of Tabernacles. We will highlight these final feasts in our October newsletter. We have also explored them in our Audio Book, The Feasts of Israel.

Jesus's Birthday?

If, indeed, Jesus was born on the 29th of September, 2 b.c., as some reckon, He would have been born on the Feast of Trumpets of that year. Review our Audio Book, The Christmas Story--What Really Happened, for some surprising background.

Fast of Gedaliah

While not a Feast of Moses, this ceremony on the Third of Tishri (September 27) is observed by many Jews in memory of the slaying of Gedaliah, who was appointed by the Babylonians as the governor of Judah after the capture of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.4










Yes! Jesus is Coming! 

The Holy Days: Rosh Hashana (Feast of Trumpets) Sounding of Shofar (Rapture) 4 of 12

"A Study of Those Days God Alone Calls Holy"
Our Look
At the Fall Feasts Begins with Rosh Hashana
#A greater study of an accurate grace based Jewish Christian Perspective can be found Here:

("Rosh Hashana Courtesy of H4C)
This Year
Yom Teru'ah
(Day of Sounding and Hearing the Shofar)
Rosh Hashana
(Head of the New Year adpated by the Rabbinate)
Part of Tabernacles
(One of Three times a Year required of the Lord to appear)
is
 September 28 (at sundown) 




Rosh HaShanah Glossary
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1. Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and literally means "head of the year."
2. High Holy Days (High Holidays)
The Jewish High Holidays are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
3. Teshuvah
Teshuva is the term for repentance. On Rosh Hashanah Jews do teshuva, which means they repent for their sins.

Rosh Hashanah Practices

1. Kiddish
Kiddish is the prayer over wine or grape juice that is recited on the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) and on Jewish holidays.
2. Machzor
Machzor is a Jewish prayer book used on certain Jewish holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot).
3. Mitzvah
Mitzvot (plural of mitzvah) are often translated as "good deeds" but the word "mitzvah" literally means "commandment (from God). It is a mitzvah on Rosh Hashanah to hear the shofar.
4. Selichot
Selichot are penitential prayers recited in the days leading up to the Jewish High Holidays.
5. Shofar
shofar is a Jewish instrument most often made from a ram's horn, though it can also be made from the horn of a sheep or goat. It makes a trumpet-like sound and is traditionally blown on Rosh HaShanah.
6. Synagogue
A synagogue is a Jewish house of worship. The Yiddish term for synagogue is shul. In Reform circles, synagogues are sometimes called Temples.
7. Tashlich
Tashlich means "casting off." In the Rosh Hashanah tashlich ceremony, people symbolically cast their sins into a body of water.
8. Torah
Torah is the text of the Jewish people. It contains five books: Genesis (Breisheet), Exodus (Shemot), Leviticus (Vayikra), Numbers (Ba'midbar) and Deuteronomy (Devarim).

Rosh Hashanah Greetings

1. L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu
Literal Hebrew to English Translation: "May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year." This traditional Rosh HaShanah greeting wishes others a good year and is often shorted to "Shanah Tovah" (Good Year).
2. Gemar Chatimah Tovah
Literal Hebrew to English Translation: "May your final sealing (in the Book of Life) be good." This greeting is traditionally used between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. It wishes others well in the new year. 
3. Yom Tov
Literal Hebrew to English Translation: "Good Day." This phrase is often used in place of the English word "holiday" during the High Holy Days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Somes Jews will also use the Yiddish Phrase "Gut Yuntiff," which means "Good Yom Tov" or "Good Holiday."










Yes! Jesus is Coming! 

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