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Myth. We need
to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets-Yom Teruah-Rosh Hashana, as
it ties into The Rapture and return of Christ.
are so many variables within Judaism, Messicianicism, and
Christianity regarding The Feast of Trumpets [Yom Terah/Rosh
Hashana], that they need to be compared with Scripture,
especially the connection to the rapture.
Here is what the Law of Moses [Torah] has to say concerning this
feast. Please note that a sacrifice for sin was required.
Lev 23:24 Speak unto the
children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the
first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a
memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
Lev 23:25 Ye shall do no servile work; and ye shall offer an
offering made by fire unto Jehovah.
Num 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the
month, ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no
servile work: it is a day of blowing of trumpets unto you.
Num 29:2 And ye shall offer a burnt-offering for a
sweet savor unto Jehovah: one young bullock, one ram, seven
he-lambs a year old without blemish;
Num 29:3 and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with
oil, three tenth parts for the bullock, two tenth parts for
Num 29:4 and one tenth part for every lamb of the seven
Num 29:5 and one
he-goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you;
Num 29:6 besides the burnt-offering of the new moon, and the
meal-offering thereof, and the continual burnt-offering and
the meal-offering thereof, and their drink-offerings,
according unto their ordinance, for a sweet savor, an
offering made by fire unto Jehovah.
The name "Rosh Hashanah" is not
used in the Bible. Instead, the Bible refers to it as Yom Ha-Zikkaron
(the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding
of the shofar).
What many are not
aware of is that the actual day commanded by God for the
Biblical head of the year is in March or April (Nisan/Aviv). Yom
Teruah (the day of trumpets) is on the first day of the seventh
month, but not Rosh Hashanah (New Year) according to the Bible. Rosh
Hashanah should be celebrated the first of aviv (when the barley
is ripe) which has been changed to Nisan -generally falling in
March or April. It is a rabbinical addition and tradition that
has changed Rosh Hashanah to being the beginning of the year
celebrated in the seventh month (tishrei).
Exo 12:2 This
month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall
be the first month of the year to you.
It is called the first month in
Lev 23:5 In
the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the
Num 28:16 And in the fourteenth day of the first month
is the passover of the LORD.
As stated Nisan /aviv
usually falls around March/April on our western calendars. It is
the month that Passover was commanded to be observed and the
month Christ was crucified and rose from the grave in. The
significance of these events cannot be overlooked. Christ
fulfilled the feasts, and when He rose, it was the new beginning
of the new covenant, and all who believed being new creations in
Him. He was the firstfuit and it is no wonder that Rosh Hashanah
needed to be changed from the Biblical commandments according to
rabbinic traditions. That is, by the Talmud which contains much
against Christ. To have Rosh Hashanah fall when the focus is on
the recognized time for Christ, with focus on sin and
repentance, which is what the Passover signifies and the
Passover Lamb--and Christ who is our Passover Lamb once for all.
That would explain why it has to be part of something being
waited for, versus the new beginning and new life in Christ.
Instead of focusing on days of repentance which could lead to
Passover with Rosh Hashanah, the focus is on more celebrations
which is now celebrated in the 7th month, which means
“New Year”, according to Jewish tradition commemorates creation and is the imminent arrival of
God’s judgment in Judaism. On this day, it is said that
God inspects the books of judgment for every person. It is
advantageous, then, for Jews to repent of their sin, and excise
sin as well before that day [the month prior, called Elul]. It
is a time of reviewing the past year to see if they owe anyone
money or favors, as well as returning borrowed items. The days
between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] are
considered the “Days of Awe” in which tradition teaches that the
things one does during that time will guarantee how the year
will go for them in regard to the judgment of God. It is
believed this is also the time that God decides who will live or
die in the coming year.
There is not much
information in the Bible on the The Feast of Trumpets.
We do know that it required a sacrifice for sin and therefore,
for Christians we know that final sacrifice was made by Christ
and is fulfilled completely in Christ.. As noted above,
Leviticus 23:24-25 proclaim the time, and Numbers 29:1-6 expands
on what was to be done. Please note again verse 5.
and one he-goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for
those who call themselves Torah keepers say we have to obey the
Law and keep these feasts. That would mean they are required to
make the offerings by fire. Do they? and to whom do they take
the animals mentioned in that passage? And what of the he-goat
for a sin offering to make atonement for sin? Forgotten are
these truths about Jesus Christ, who died once for all.
Hebrews 9:11-15 But Christ being
come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and
more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to
say, not of this building; 12. Neither by the blood of
goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once
into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption
for us. 13. For if the
blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the
flesh: 14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to
God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the
for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death, for the redemption of the
transgressions that were under the first testament,
they which are called might receive the promise of eternal
Hebrews 10:1-12 For the law
having a shadow of good things to come,
and not the
very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices
which they offered year by year continually make the comers
thereunto perfect. 2.
For then would they not have
ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once
purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3. But in those
sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of
sins every year.
4. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls
and of goats should take away sins. 5. Wherefore when he
cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering
thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6. In
burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had
no pleasure. 7. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume
of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8.
Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt
offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not,
neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by
the law; 9. Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O
God. He taketh away
the first, that he may establish the second. 10. By the
which will we are sanctified through the offering of the
body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11. And every priest standeth daily ministering and
offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never
take away sins: 12.
But this man, after he had
offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God;
proclaiming that the Days of Awe
(Days of Repentance) begin
September 19, 2009 with Rosh HaShannah, the Feast of Trumpets,
and with the climax on the Day of Atonement, which they claim is
the only Biblically required Fast Day. That being, Yom Kippur
which falls on September 26, 2009. They posit that those who
have been born again should have a much stronger desire to
'Biblically observe' the Day of Atonement Feast of the Lord,
because of being forgiven and having repentance and faith. That
desire is viewed as being much greater than those who don't know
God through repentance and faith in 'Messiah.' It is
stated how important it is to find the "Grace of God" evidenced
in repentance in the Days of Awe."
The fast is
connected with the Day of Atonement [Yom Kippur] and the days of
awe [the 10 days between The feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur].
There is no fast in the scriptures relating to any of the
feasts. It is a Rabbinical addition, as are the Days of Awe.
There is a great deal of emphasis on repentance and a change of
heart during this time. However, for the Christian, this season
of repentance is not necessary or ever instructed in the NT. All
we need do is confess our sins and they are forgiven. It is sad
that Messianics feel the need to take on a tradition that is
unnecessary for atonement. It is has already been accomplished
in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, alone. Any other practice
denigrates and overturns the sacrifice of Christ.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I
unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2. And
he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only,
but also for the sins of the whole world.
Romans 3:23-26 For all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God; 24. Being justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25. Whom God
hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in
his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of
sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26. To
declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that
he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth
What's it about?
The Jewish New Year falls
on the Feast of Trumpets which is actually in the 7th month of
the year, according to the Jewish calendar, not the Biblical. Why do Messianics and those in Hebrew Roots observe
this holiday when there is nothing in Scripture to support it?
Why have Christians now embraced this holiday and prophetically
promote Rosh Hashanah as when the Rapture will happen or others,
who time the second return of Christ with the Feast of Trumpets?
As part of the Feast of
Trumpets [Yom Terah], tradition in Judaism has the blowing of
trumpets in the synagogues, heralding the New Year.
further discussion concerning what those in Judaism teach
regarding these events.
“The month of Elul is the
final month in the Jewish year. This month is a particularly
propitious time for prayer, self introspection, and
repentance. It is a time of intense spiritual preparation
for the coming year and the upcoming holiday of Rosh
Hashanah. This year (2009/5770) the month of Elul begins on
Friday August 21, 2009 and lasts through September 18, 2009.
is the first and second days of the first Jewish month of
Tishrei. It marks the beginning of the Jewish new year. The
celebration of this holiday is marked with solemnity, as it
is the day on which the whole world is judged for the coming
year. Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world, as it was
on this day that G-d created Man on the 6th day of creation.
Every year, on this day, we proclaim G-d as our one and true
particular, the first festival of the year,
Rosh Hashanah, seems to
fit no familiar mold. It is the day on which we tremulously
submit to the divine sovereignty and crown
G-d as our king, but as
the Chassidic masters point out, a coronation is always a
festive event, with bands playing in the streets and crowds
picnicking in the parks and fields. It is the day on which
we stand in judgment before G-d, the day on which the
Heavenly Court rules "who shall live and who shall die...who
shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched... who shall
fall and who shall rise"; but also the day on which we "eat
lush foods and drink sweets... for the joy of the Eternal is
your strength." The Talmud
offers the image of a person coming to court where a
life-or-death verdict will be handed down on him, but he is
dressed in white and has a feast awaiting him at home,
confident that he will triumph in his trial.”
“Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second
In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "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. More on this concept at
Days of Awe.
name "Rosh Hashanah" is not used in the Bible to discuss
this holiday. The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron
(the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the
sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in
Leviticus 23:24-25.” 3
“The ten days starting with
Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known
as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance.
This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider
the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.
One of the ongoing themes of the Days of Awe
is the concept that
has "books" that he writes our names in, writing down who
will live and who will die, who will have a good life and
who will have a bad life, for the next year. These books are
written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days
of Awe can alter G-d's decree. The actions that change the
decree are "teshuvah,
repentance, prayer, good deeds (usually, charity). These
"books" are sealed on Yom Kippur. This concept of writing in
books is the source of the common greeting during this time
is "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year."
Among the customs of this
time, it is common to seek reconciliation with people you
may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud
maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man
and G-d. To atone for sins against another person, you must
first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the
wrongs you committed against them if possible.” 4
“The beginning of the month
of Elul marks the one month notice until the "Divine audit"
on Rosh Hashana. Throughout the month of Elul, Jews search
for every receipt and credit slip left by their behavior.
"Did I belittle the secretary who couldn't remember my
name?" "Did I borrow $20 and forget to return it?" "Did
Elul is the time to look back
over the past year, sort out our strengths and weaknesses,
and see what impact our deeds have had. Like sorting the
receipts, we can put our actions into little piles: wrong to
G-d, our fellow humans or even ourselves, and good to G-d,
our fellow humans or ourselves. Sometimes an action may fall
into several categories. Reviewing our behavior is,
according to the Medieval scholar Rabbi Moses ben Maimon
(Maimonides), the beginning of the first step in teshuva,
repentance. The Jewish view of repentance goes much farther
than mere regret. Teshuva is a pro-active process that
recognizes our fallibility and our ability to change.
On Rosh Hashana G-d holds
each man and woman accountable for his or her actions over
the last year ... While people should strive to improve
themselves throughout the year, as the month of Elul begins
and the Shofar is sounded, we are reminded that there is
just one month left. Thirty days remain to check one's
balance and settle old accounts. By using Elul to prepare,
one is able to face the Divine audit on Rosh Hashana with
clarity and confidence, knowing that one has moved towards
his/her spiritual goal and has made a better connection with
the power of the day, and with G-d.” 5
One of the
Jewish traditions of Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich. This is the
practice of bringing pieces of bread in one’s pockets and then
going to a fast moving stream or river and casting the bread on
the water. The bread represents sin being cast and swept away
by the current.
For those who
follow Christ, this practice is completely contradictory to
salvation and the full remission of sins that we have in Christ.
Upon confession and repentance to God for sin, He forgives
immediately. It is a simple, beautiful thing that we have the
assurance of this forgiveness and do not need to spend days
preparing and then casting our sins in free flowing water,
represented by bread. God is the one who has cast our sins as
far as the east is from the west, and as deep as the sea.
Psalm 103:10 He hath not dealt
with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our
Psa 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so
great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed
our transgressions from us.
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth
iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of
his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because
he delighteth in mercy.
Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon
us; he will subdue our iniquities;
and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the
Mic 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy
to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the
days of old.
John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
Hashanah, which was developed by the sages/Rabbis of Judaism who
do not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah - and as Rosh Hashanah
is Judaism's tradition and practice, cannot have a place in the
life of a believer in Jesus Christ. Rosh Hashanah denies the
finished work of Christ and is a man-made system that has no
merit in one’s relationship with the Lord.
For those who
advocate, teach, and promote that Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of
Trumpets will be fulfilled at a future date in either the
rapture or the 2nd coming of Christ, I would ask how this can
be? The Feast of Trumpets required the blowing of many trumpets.
When Christ returns, He will descend with *one* trump and a
shout, once – not for a rapture and then later at His second
Some say in
Hebrew Roots that they must “practice” the Lord’s return by
blowing the trumpets. I cannot imagine anything quite so
blatantly sacrilegious and contrary to Scripture as that.
In the Hebrew, “teruah” is not the word trumpet – it is a
signal, shout, or blast. It is implied in Lev 23 because the
word “blow” is used as well.
Lev 23:24 Speak1696 unto413
the children1121 of Israel,3478 saying,559 In the
seventh7637 month,2320 in the first259 day of the month,2320
shall ye have1961 a sabbath,7677 a memorial2146 of
blowing of trumpets,8643 a holy6944 convocation.4744
1) alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war
or alarm or joy
1a) alarm of war, war-cry, battle-cry
1b) blast (for march)
1c) shout of joy (with religious impulse)
1d) shout of joy (in general) .6
The word “trumpet”
itself is not used in either text. The word “teruah” [H8643] is
used 36 times in the OT and associated with trumpets about 9
times – that is only 25% of the usage. Here is the breakdown:
shouting 8, alarm 6, sound 3, blowing 2, joy 2,
miscellaneous 4 [sounded, sounding, shouted]
example of how “teruah” is used indicating shouting and joy is
found in Ezra [each of the bolded underlined words are "teruah".]
Ezra 3:10 And when the
builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they
set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the
Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD,
after the ordinance of David king of Israel.
Ezr 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and
giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his
mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people
shouted with a
great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the
foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
Ezr 3:12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of
the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first
house, when the foundation of this house was laid before
their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many
shouted aloud for
Ezr 3:13 So that the people could not discern the noise of
joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for
shouted with a loud
shout, and the noise was heard afar off.
With that in
mind, think about the birth of Christ. Gabriel announced His
birth to Mary – a remarkable wondrous occasion in which a
miracle was manifested in a virgin – she conceived Jesus by the
power of the Holy Spirit fulfilling Isaiah 7:14 as well.
The angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds with radiating
glory all around, and a multitude of angels heralded His coming
and sang for joy as it resounded in the Heavens. Amazing how
that all fits together so well when you look at the meaning of “teruah”.
This really indicates fulfillment in Christ’s coming as well as
His sacrifice for sin.
Luke 2:8 And there were in
the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory
of the Lord shone round about them: and they were
Luk 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be
to all people.
Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luk 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find
the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with
the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and
Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men.
6. Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions
Hebrew Roots FAQS & Myths
Basic Doctrinal Issues
Under the Law
Sacrifices, Feasts, Celebrations
God & Jesus
Who Is Jesus
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