Lev 23:24 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowingof trumpets, a holy convocation.
Lev 23:25 'You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.'"
Lev 23:26 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 23:27 "On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD.
Lev 23:28 "You shall not do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God.
Lev 23:29 "If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
Lev 23:30 "As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.
Lev 23:31 "You shall do no work at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.
Perpetual means ongoing. In all your dwelling places means wherever you live.
Tonight Is erev Rosh Hashana, the evening that begins this Holy day. Churches all over the world will not only ignore this Biblical Holy day but most of them don’t even know it is happening. The accepted premise concerning these Holy days is that “we the church have been set free from the burden of the law. We are not obligated to keep or even recognize these events.” They are looked upon as a burden to keep and something that was imposed upon the children of Israel to keep them out of trouble but doesn’t apply to us anymore. The question that has to be asked is, are these Biblical Holy days still relevant for today? What is the obligation of the believer in the Messiah today in regards to these Biblical events? Does God write His word for a purpose? If He does then what should our response be to these appointed times and seasons.
Lev 23:1 The LORD spoke again to Moses, saying, 2“Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD’S appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:
I do believe that the church has for all too long taken that which is Biblical and replaced it with that which has been contrived, paganised, synchrotized and just plain false ie Christmas/Easter. The church totally ignores all of the memorials that were set up by God to show his great acts of salvation past present and future. To ignore Rosh Hashana is to say to God “thanks for the memorials that were set up to remind us of how much you love us but no thanks. We would rather make up things as we go along”.
One of the things that the church lacks is knowledge of the prophetic. This is why they are for the most part unable to defend their faith apart from cliché and Christian verbiage. Every Holy day was given by God to prophesy the Messiah’s first and second coming. If we believe the entire word of God revolves around Yeshua’s appearing then why would we dismiss so quickly the meaning of these Holy days to the pile of make do keep busy events meant only for the Jewish people.
Rosha Hashana very specifically does this in a way that clearly shows the second coming of the Messiah. Time does not permit me to write everything that is proclaimed in this Holy day. So, this is only an introduction to wet your whistle. I hope and pray you will do more study on your own. If you blow this off then it is to your loss. I am at least doing my job and provoking you to study your word more seriously. So here goes.
There are five different names given to this Holy day. Each of these names is significant in relation to the purpose of the Holy day.
1.Yom Truah (Day of blowing the trumpets) Num 29:1.
Num 29:1 'Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.
How did Yeshua Himself describe His own future Return, and how will the sounding of a trumpet be involved?
Mat 24:30 "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
In Rav Shauls (Paul's) Resurrection Chapter, I Corinthians 15, he describes that event which has now become known as "The Rapture" of the Church:
"Lo! I tell 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 trumpet.For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15:51-53 RSV)
What did he mean, "the last trump"?
"For this we declare to you by the word of The Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of The Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet The Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 RSV
Is it just coincidental that the day of judgement (Rosh Hashana) is commemorated by the blowing of the Shofar (trumpet)and that the final day of judgement is also inaugurated by the blowing of the trumpet?
2. Zicharon Truah, (Memorial of Triumph Lev) found in 23:24 literaly a remembrance of blowing or Shouting for Joy based on job 38 :7 (Jewish tradition says that the world was created on this day)
Job 38:7 when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Is it possible that the day that celebrates the creation of the earth is also the day that ushers in the end of all things as we know it?
3. Yom Ha Zicharon, Day of remembrance (a time to remember our sins)
Lev 23:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Lev 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first dayof the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Lev 23:25 Ye shall do no servile worktherein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
This special Shabbat, Memorial of blowing trumpets is set in place so that we might remember our need for forgivness.
4. Yom Hadin, Day of judgment (tradition says that all Jews pass through judgment on this day)
There is partial truth behind this in that there will come a time when this will be fulfilled. As of now it has not fully come to pass. During this time of future fulfillment it will not just be the Jewish people who are judged but the entire world. Final judgment will come with the blast of the trumpet, Israel will be restored and the Lord will reign from Zion. As for now we still await for that time to be revealed.
Isa 27:12 In that day the LORD will start His threshing from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt, and you will be gathered up one by one, O sons of Israel.
Isa 27:13 It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
5. Rosh Hashanah lit (Head of the year) beginning of Jewish civil year. As opposed to the religious new year which falls during the Passover season.
Just as this time represents the new year, it also represents the reign of Messiah on the earth.
The very events that are ignored by the church today will definitely not be ignored in the end time when Messiah comes again to blast that last trumpet as represented in Rosh Hashan. Why do we celebrate, So that we don’t forget? When the believers ignore even one part of the word then the revelation that they have is incomplete to say the least. They are unable to articulate their faith. They refuse to remember, they refuse to rehearse God’s great acts of salvation. This is why they will not be prepared for His second coming. They are tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine that comes along the pike but they refuse to recognize the real road signs that God put along the way to guide the believer to safety.
It is believed that on Rosh Hashana three books are opened in Heaven. Written in them are the names of the righteous wicked and the in between. The 10 days in between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are called the days of Awe. It is believed that during this time that those who are in between have the option to make it right with God and repent so that their name will be recorded in the book of life with the righteous. Obviously we know from the Brit Hadasha (New Covenant Scriptures) that our righteousness is as filthy rags before God. We also know that the idea of our name being recorded in the book of life is only because of God’s grace. But there is truth in the fact that God does tell us that He wants our name inscribed in this book. The difference between us and the non believing Jewish person is the vehicle that gets us there. We accept Yeshua as that vehicle. They accept their own righteousness and repentance as the vehicle.
As Rosh Hashana has been declared the day of judgment for the world and the books are opened to judge men so too will the end time judgment
happen the same way as declared in the Brit Hadasha (New covenant Scriptures).
- Revelation 3:5 - "he who overcomes" will not be blotted out
- Revelation 13:8 -- All who are not written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb will worship the beast.
- Revelation 17:8 -- All who are not written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb will be astonished at the beast.
- Revelation 20:12 -- Judgment by the Book.
- Revelation 20:15 -- All who are not found in the book are thrown into the lake of fire.
- Revelation 21:27 -- Those who are in the Book will enter the New Jerusalem.
So, it is time to get ready for His coming. We must remember, rehearse and prepare or we will be taken by surprise. What must we remember? That which has already been declared.
Mat 24:43 "But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
Mat 24:44 "For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think he will.
Rehearsal time is today. Dress rehearsal is coming and most believers don't know their lines. What will happen when it is time for the real event. Will we be caught with our lamps unprepared? Will our wicks be trimmed? Will we be ready for the groom?
As we say on Rosh Ha shana, La shana tova tikatevu. May your name be inscribed in the book of life for a good year. As I like to say this time of the year. May this be the year you start preparing for the advent of His coming.
Shalom uvracha b'Yeshua
Peace and blessiongs in Yeshua