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Yom Teruah is the first of the three Fall feasts of the Lord. Yom Teruah means, “the day (yom) of blowing (teruah)” the shofar (ram’s horn). It is also referred to as Rosh HaShanah (meaning Head of the Year) and the Feast of Trumpets. Before the time of Moses and Mount Sinai, this was known as the beginning (head) of the year, for it is historically known by the Jews as the time when the creation of the world took place, specifically Adam and Eve (Mark Biltz’s Blood Moons, pg 82, 152). It is also the day when Noah stepped out of the ark onto dry ground (Mark Biltz’s Blood Moons, pg 36). Present day Jews have reverted back to this calendar that was before Moses and Sinai, and they celebrate Rosh HaShanah as their New Year.

It says in Numbers 29:1, “And in the seventh month [now thought of as the first month to modern Jews. However, God refers to it as the seventh month], and the first day of the month ye shall have an holy convocation [dress rehearsal]; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day [yom] of blowing [teruah] the trumpets [shofars] unto you.”

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On this day the shofar is blown 100 times, and the hundredth time it is blown is called “the Last Trump.” No one knows exactly when Yom Teruah begins because this festival is based on the New Moon which is very difficult to detect, and there is only a small window of time that it can be seen. It takes two credible witnesses to declare the time when the sliver of the moon appears. Thus this feast is known as the day when “no one knows the day or the hour” it begins. But, once the sighting time of the New Moon is agreed upon by two witnesses, the feast day officially starts.

Yom Teruah is all about repentance. It is a call for God’s people who’ve not already searched their hearts and fallen on their faces before God, to do so then. This is all preparation for Yom Kippur that follows, which is known as the Day of Atonement and/or Judgment. Remember, this is not a call to those who do not know God to repent. This is a call to believers to repent before a holy God. Revelation 2-3 draws our attention to seven churches. Five of those seven churches God calls to repent or else He will remove their lampstand or even spew them out of His mouth. Five of those seven are not ready for Jesus’ immanent return, and God graciously alerts them to the necessity for them to repent.

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Yom Teruah is God’s appointment with all Christians calling them to repentance and preparation. Preparation for what? Though this “appointment” has not yet been fulfilled by Jesus, it will be soon. Thus, rehearsing it would be a good thing, for it keeps us ever mindful of Jesus’ SOON return. After all, “no one knows the day or the hour” this feast day will arrive. Did not Jesus say that of also of His return? When Jesus spoke these words in Matthew 24:36, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows…” His Jewish listeners would have known that Jesus was referring to Yom Teruah. Though most in the Western Church say proudly that “we don’t know when He’s coming,” Jesus never intended for us to be clueless. “Behold I show 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 will sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. Paul, being a Pharisee of the Pharisees knew beyond the shadow of a doubt when the Last Trump was. On Yom Teruah!!! The First Trump is on Pentecost as known as Shavuot. The Last Trump is Yom Teruah’s 100th and final blast. And there is also the Great Trump on Yom Kippur. Any good Jew knew this. So, when Scripture speaks of a trumpet sounding (Matthew 24:31, I Thessalonians 4:16) and of Jesus returning when “no one knows the day or the hour” any good Jew would think of Yom Teruah.

I am merely repeating what Jesus and Paul said and explained what it meant to them and to their audience. The phrase, “No one knows the day or the hour” is used of Yom Teruah, plain and simple. I am not setting a date. 

But of the times and the seasons [God’s festivals], brethren, ye have no need that I write to you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night . . .But ye brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief,” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2,4.

That Day should not overtake us as a thief!!! Why? Because we are to know God’s time clock and God’s appointments and God’s festivals. Then, it will not take us unawares.

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Again, Revelation speaks of 5 churches of 7 that are unprepared for Jesus’ immanent return. Specifically to Sardis He says, “Repent! If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee” Revelation 3:3. It is upon such as this Church that Jesus will come as a thief and who will be unaware of the signs and seasons.

Yom Teruah begins this year on the evening of October 2nd . Let us as Christians be aware of this very special day, for Jesus is coming back very soon, possibly at this appointed time. May we not be sleeping when He returns. May we not be dead. May we not be lukewarm. May we not be in sin. May we not be too busy to notice. May we not be too selfish to care. May we not be too weighted down with the things of this world that we are unprepared. Indeed, “When these things [earthquakes, war in the Middle East, beheadings, Israel back in their land with their own native tongue, famines, pestilence, and persecution] begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh!” Luke 21:28.

In keeping with the traditions of this feast I will sign off by saying, ל’שנה טובה תכתבו    L’ Shanah Tovah Tikatevu “May you be inscribed for a good year!”

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**Article edited and used with permission of ameristella.wordpress.com

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To read more on what the Jews think about Adam and Eve being created on Rosh HaShanah refer to this link: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4762/jewish/What-Is-Rosh-Hashanah.htm

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