Rosh Hashanah or Feast of Trumpets?

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This evening at sundown marks the official beginning of the Jewish high holidays for the fall, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets.  Throughout their history the Jewish people have commemorated 7 major feasts each year:

  • Passover (Pesach)
  • Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot)
  • Feast of First Fruits (Yom HaBikkurim)
  • Pentecost (Shavuot)
  • Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah)
  • Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
  • Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)

Each feast has tremendous significance to the Jewish people, but as Christians we see that Jesus the Messiah was (and is) the fulfillment of each feast!  Indeed, the Jewish feasts are God’s calendar!  (See Jesus: The Fulfillment of Every Jewish Feast)

The Feast of Trumpets commences this evening.  The Bible mentions this feast in Leviticus 23:24-25, but Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah (“head of the year”), their civil new year.  It marks a somber time of reflection and introspection, and is the first of ten Days of Awe leading to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).  The fall feasts conclude with the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) a few days later.

While Jews celebrate a new year, the Bible speaks of trumpet blasts.  It is a time for blowing the shofar.  As to Jesus’s fulfillment, 1 Corinthians 15:52  and 1 Thessalonians 4:16 speak of the last trumpet:

Behold! 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 the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Friends, this is the feast we are waiting for!  Fulfillment of the first four feasts has already taken place, and the next in line is the Feast of Trumpets.  I can hardly wait…how about you?

When the trumpet sounds and we are snatched away to meet Him in the air, will you be ready?  Are you looking for the Blessed Hope, the return of our Lord Jesus?  (Titus 2:13)  There is a crown (reward) for those who eagerly seek His return!  (2 Timothy 4:8)

Let’s be diligent as we prepare for the return of King Jesus!  Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem (“May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!”)

PS: If interested, catch Amir Tsarfati’s commentary on the Feast of Trumpets. (8-min video)

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