Rosh HaShanah or Feast of Trumpets
23 The Lord spoke to Moses: 24 “Tell the Israelites: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a day of complete rest, commemoration, and joyful shouting—a sacred assembly. 25 You must not do any daily work, but you must present a fire offering to the Lord.” Leviticus 23; 24-25
The Feast of Trumpets was one of three festivals that occurred in the seventh month Tishri, September/October. Feast, called the Feast of Trumpets. It was celebrated on the first day. The trumpets were blown to assemble the congregation. But in on the new moon of the seventh month it was to be done with more than ordinary solemnity; for they began to blow at sunrise and continued till sunset. The word Rosh Hashanah means a new beginning head of the year ” or “first of the year. Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year.
The Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year or bread. They would walk through flowing water, such as a creek or river, on the afternoon of the first day and empty our pockets into the river, symbolically casting off our sins. Small pieces of bread are commonly put in the pocket to cast off. Rosh Hashanah teaches that able to go forward we must also be willing to look back.
Religious services for the holiday focus on the concept of God’s sovereignty. A common greeting at that time is L’shanah tovah (“for a good year”). This is a shortening of “L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem” (or to women, “L’shanah tovah tikatevi v’taihatemi”), which means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” As scripture declares, “You are not to do any daily work. This will be a day of joyful shouting [for you.”
So how are we to celebrate Rosh Hashanah as believers in Christ?
Talmud in Rosh Hashanah 16b, states, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to reproaches and everlasting abhorrence.” As scriptures declares, ““See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire—see, He is coming,” says the Lord of Hosts. So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
When all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble. The coming day will consume them,” says the Lord of Hosts, “not leaving them root or branches. 2 But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall. [b] 3 You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day I am preparing,” says the Lord of Hosts.
Jesus declared these words to His disciples, “Then, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
Note in The New Testament when they use the trumpet ln second coming of Christ.
Scripture also states For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Furthermore it states 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
Rosh Hashahah remind us to be ready for the soon appearance or second coming of Jesus Christ our LORD and king.
First, you must understand that this feast is part of your covenant with Christ as a child of God. Whether Gentile or Jew, you are a partaker of this covenant promise which is fulfilled in Christ. To neglect this feast is to neglect your promised salvation. As a believer you will escape the wrath to come, although persecution for believers throughout the world will be at its very peak when it occurs. So be ready to suffer for and with Christ. Christ made it clear that if those days were not shortened for the elect’s sake, there would be no flesh saved. Paul teaches on the fulfillment of Rosh Hashanah rather elaborately in 1 Corinthians 15, wherein death is swallowed up in victory. I encourage you to read this chapter when you have time.
1.) He will gather His people in a solemn assembly (Matthew 24:31)
2.) There will be a clarion call to battle (Revelation 18:11-21)
3.) He will be coronated as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 18:11-21)
4.) It will mark a new beginning – the millenial sabbath – the thousand year reign of Christ (Revelation 20:1-6)
All those who are in Christ will reign with Him! We will never know the day or hour of His return, but the season is clearly evident. Let us ever be ready in Jesus’ name as we watch and pray!