Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year which began at sundown yesterday (9/4/2013). Just as our calendar changes in January, the Hebrew calendar changed from Year 5773 to 5774 which Jews believe is the number of years since the creation of Adam and Eve.
In the Bible, Rosh Hashanah corresponds to the Feast of Trumpets (shofar) on the first day of the 7th month (Leviticus 23:23-25). This is a day of Sabbath rest which symbolizes our dependence on God and a day to make an offering to the Lord.
Although the scriptures don’t really say WHY they are to blow the trumpet, if you look at the ways the trumpet is used, you will see that it is most often associated with a warning to the people to get ready for the presence or power of God (Ezekiel 33:1-7). The first time the word trumpet is used in the Bible was just before God came down on Mt. Sinai to give Moses the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19:9-20). The last mention of trumpets in the Bible is in the book of Revelation beginning in Chapter 8 when the 7th seal is opened and the 7 Angels sound the 7 Trumpets, each signaling another example of God’s wrath on the earth and the non-believers. In other words, the trumpet sounding should be a signal to get ready for God. Let me point out that anyone who has made Jesus their Lord and Savior is already “ready for God” because of Jesus’ righteousness.
As you may know the Old Testament is symbolic of the New Testament. Just as the Passover (Exodus 11-12) was symbolic of Jesus, the Passover Lamb, it stands to reason that the Feast of Trumpets is symbolic of a future event as well. Interestingly, the Feast of Trumpets is about 3-1/2 months after the Feast of Weeks/Pentecost (May 14/May 19, 2013) which corresponds to the 3-1/2 years of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 13:1-9; Matthew 24:21). The first trumpet in the book of Revelation signals the first of God’s wrath which occurs after the 3-1/2 year tribulation. The 7th trumpet signals the completion of God’s wrath (Revelation 16:17-21). The last trumpet is also a sign that the resurrection is near and Jesus will return soon (1Corinthians 15:52).
Leviticus 23 – 23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘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. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’” (NKJV)
Let’s Pray: Thank You Jesus for making us right with Father God because of Your precious blood and Your sacrifice. Help us remember that we can rest in Your finished work knowing that God already poured out all of His wrath on You for our sins. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
QUESTION: Are you ready for Jesus to return? Use the comment form below to share your thoughts.Have a Victorious Day!