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 and just plain false (i.e. Christmas/ Easter). The “Church” totally ignores all of the memorials that were set up by the Lord to show his great acts of salvation past present and future. To ignore Yom Teruah is to say to the Lord “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 the Lord to prophesy the Messiah’s first and second coming. If we believe the entire word of the Lord 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.
Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah) 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 about 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 thinking that I am Judaizing, then it is to your loss. I am at least doing my job and provoking you to study the Word more seriously. So here goes.
As a side note I am not making this an issue of salvation. I repeat this is not an issue of salvation. Nothing stated in this short blog is said as a judgment of anyone’s salvation. DID YOU HEAR THAT? Good now we can continue with the blog.
This is what the Scripture says about the Holy day.
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.
Lev 23:23 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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 blowing of 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 YHVH.
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.
So this is what we know of this Holy day according to the Scriptures:
1. It is to be celebrated on the 1st of the 7th month, Tishri.
2. We are to do no work.
3. We are to have a holy convocation.
4. Present an offering by fire.
5. This is to be observed perpetually in all of our dwellings.
6. We are to sound trumpets as a reminder.
A reminder of what though? In order to determine that, we first must know what trumpets were used for in the Scripture?
The reasons and meaning of Blowing the Shofar
1. Symbol of Israel’s re-gathering Is 27:12-13
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.
2. Resurrection of the dead. Ez:37:9.
Eze 37:9 Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord YHVH, "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life."'"
3. The Torah was given with the sound of the Shofar, Ex 19:19.
Exo 19:19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the Lord answered him with thunder.
4. Israel Conquered Jericho At the Shofar blast, Josh 6:20.
Jos 6:20 So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city.
5. Men were called to war upon hearing the Shofar, Judges 3:27 Sam 20:1
Jdg 3:27 It came about when he had arrived, that he blew the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel went down with him from the hill country, and he was in front of them.
Jdg 3:28 He said to them, "Pursue them, for the LORD has given your enemies the Moabites into your hands." So they went down after him and seized the fords of the Jordan opposite Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross.
6. It was blown at the start of the Year of Jubilee, Lev 25:9.
Lev 25:8 'You are also to count off seven Sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years, so that you have the time of the seven Sabbaths of years, namely, forty-nine years.
Lev 25:9 'You shall then sound a ram's horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall sound a horn all through your land.
Lev 25:10 'You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.
7. The Messiah will come at the sound of the Shofar, Zech 9:14.
Zec 9:14 Then the LORD will appear over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning; And the Lord YHVH will blow the trumpet, And will march in the storm winds of the south.
13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so YHVH will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Yeshua. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of YHVH, and the dead in Messiah will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.
51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52in 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 will be changed. 53For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57but thanks be to YHVH, who gives us the victory through our Lord Yeshua Ha Mashiach.
These are but a few examples of the usage of the Trumpet of the Lord. The one that stands out most of all is that the trumpet will sound at the coronation of our King Messiah when He returns. My point simply is this: We don’t have this terminology arising in the New Covenant out of the thin air. The New Covenant writers were very well aware of these passages from the Tenach (First/Old Testament). Their theology was shaped from these passages. The Lord builds upon His prophetic foundation.
If this day is called a day of remembrance and a day of repentance in preparation of the Lord’s judgment, then it seems fitting and right that it should also be the day that reminds us of the coming of the Lord in His final judgment.
We don’t ignore the prophetic display of these appointed times now that the New Covenant is here. We support the New Covenant by celebrating the events that were given as reminders. There is a very backward theology that has developed for centuries that says now that the Messiah has come all we need to observe is that which is written in the New Covenant. That logic though is warped. We must be reminded where we have come from to truly appreciate where we are.
This is why it so important to celebrate these Holy Days. They remind us that what we believe is legitimate. We confirm the surety of a foundation of a building to determine if it is stable and safe to live in. Once the house is built we don’t tear out the foundation, do we?
Yom Teruah is one of those foundational commemorations that helps us know that, as the Lord was announced with the blowing of the trumpet in the past, so shall His second coming also be announced.
Why wouldn’t we want to rehearse His coming in this way? In Yom Teruah we have been given a formal opportunity to be reminded every year. Don’t we think that Yeshua is worthy of this time? Leviticus 23 calls His Holy days “appointed times and seasons”. That is because these were appointments that could only be fulfilled by the Messiah Himself. Yeshua kept all of the Prophetic appointments in His first appearance. Yom Teruah reminds us that He will be faithful to keep His end time appointments as well.
There is much more to be learned from this day, but if I am able to convince you that it is still valid for New Covenant believers, then I have completed my task. From there we can pick up the conversation.
May the Lord bless you as you are reminded that the last great trumpet blast will sound at His coming. I pray that this Yom Teruah you might even consider going somewhere to hear the Shofar sound so that you will be stirred to remembrance and anticipation of His soon and imminent return. If you are able feel free to join us this Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 4:00 PM. LaShana Tova Tikatavu. May your name be inscribed in the book of life for a good year.
Shalom uvracha b’Yeshua