Feast of Trumpets – Rosh Hashana

This Sunday evening, September 9, is the beginning of the Biblical Feast day of Trumpets, Yom Teruah, in Hebrew. The world knows it by its more recognized name, Rosh Hashanah. What is the Feast of Trumpets and why should Christians care?

We first learn about the Feast of Trumpets in Numbers where God gave the following instruction, “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD” (Leviticus 23:23-25).

We learn from this Scripture that the Feast of Trumpets was on the first day of the seventh month on the religious calendar. This is the Hebrew month of Tishri, which corresponds to the months of September-October on the Gentile calendar. Tishri is also the first month on the Jewish civil calendar and is the Jewish New Year. The Hebrew name for this beginning of the year is Rosh Hashanah; which means, “Head of the Year.”

Originally, two silver trumpets ware blown but they were later replaced by the shofar. They were blown to assemble the people for worship, to break camp, and as an alarm in preparation for battle. A good summary of how trumpets were used is provided in the tenth chapter of the book of Numbers.

As God spoke to the people and used trumpets-shofars to fight their battles for them, the Hebrews began to call God the “horn of their salvation” (See Psalm 18:1-3). In the New Testament, Jesus is given this same title, “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed His people, and raise up a horn of salvation for us I the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,  who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us” (Luke 1:68-71.

For followers of Jesus, the Feast of Trumpets has both a personal and a prophetic significance for our lives. For example, our connection to Jesus teaches us how to win in spiritual warfare. Furthermore, since the book of Revelation opens with the blowing of the shofar, we cannot correctly understand the end times without a good knowledge and personal experience of the Feast of Trumpets.

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