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Believe it or not, we have arrived at the most incredible time of year again, the time of year wherein God’s feasts ought to be more front and center in our lives. Last year, 2020, this time was filled with prayer and repentance events in Washington D.C., Plymouth, Massachusetts, Texas, California etc. And though it seemed unlikely we would ever round this corner again, we have, and are here in 2021. So, what will this holiday be like this year? Guess we’re going to find out!
What Is It?
To begin with, Yom Teruah is the first of the three Fall feasts of the Lord. Yom Teruah means, “the day (yom) of blowing or shouting (teruah)”. It is also referred to as Rosh HaShanah (meaning Head of the Year) and the Feast of Trumpets. The Jews claim that before the time of Moses and Mount Sinai this was known as the beginning (head) of the year. The Jews also consider this 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). They also claim that this is the head of the civil new year, while the religious new year begins in the month of Abib/Nisan in the spring (around our March). In 2 Kings 8:2 it is referred to as “the month of Ethaniam, which is the seventh month.” Ethanim means to be permanent, and since it is a plural word it probably referred to the holidays of the month rather than the month itself. However, this month on most Jewish modern calendars is called Tishri, though it is never called this in Scripture. Tishri is instead yet another adopted Babylonian name. That being said, God does not observe this as the head of the a year, nor does He recognize a “civil” year, but rather, calls it the seventh month. It is important to go with what God has said in His Spirit-inspired word, and not with the opinion of those who adopted the Babylonian mystical view of the calendar.
It says in Numbers 29:1, “And in 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 unto you.”
It is the first day of what are traditionally referred to as Ten Days of Repentance and Awe, and is the day that people are continually made aware of the holiness and awesomeness of God.
The Tradition of the Shofar
On this day the shofar is blown 100 times. The Jews have established four different types of sounds emitted from the shofar on Yom Teruah, but God does not specify any of them in the Bible. God just refers to it as a day of blowing, which infers many times. Nevertheless, tradition has it that the three/four different sounds have names: Tekia (one long blast to get everyone to wake up), Shevarim (compared to the sound of weeping), Teruah (staccato sounds followed by a long blast that is urgent), Tekiah haGedolah (one very long blast, also referred to “the Last Trump.” Truly, from a Biblical standpoint, the name is Teruah, and that sound is urgent and demands attention.
Before continuing, it must be said that Numbers 29:1 does not actually have the word trumpets or shofars in it, nor does Leviticus 23:24. The translators must have assumed that one is blowing something, and so they inserted a word in English that is not literally there in the Hebrew. At best the word would merely be implied. It is important to note that elsewhere in Scripture this word “Teruah” is a majority of the time translated as “shouts” of joy, joyful sounds, shouts of war, cries of alarm, war cries, and battle cries. Teruah is also used of trumpets in a handful of other instances signaling war or alarm, such as in Numbers 31:6.
Now when does Yom Teruah begin? It’s always been said that no one knows exactly when. Why? 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. Throughout history it took 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 begins. Even though modern calendars predict the new moon accurately, God’s way is for two witnesses to spot it and officially declare it.
Day of Repentance or Shouting:
What is the point of Yom Teruah? It is called a “memorial,” and is a call to remember God. And when we remember God, our sin comes to light. So, the obvious result of remembering God is 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, as seen in Joel 2. It pictures a day of deep remorse and overwhelming alarm and gut wrenching weeping.
Oddly enough though, its name does not merely refer to calls to repentance, but shouts of joy. It is an enigma, for while one camp of believers may be weeping at calls of alarm in the light of remembering a holy God, the other camp is shouting war cries of victory. How strange to have so much difference in one word. I would therefore assess that if you’ve already repented and sought the Lord, then this holiday is a day of rejoicing and shouting for joy! If you have not yet repented with genuine brokenness and gut wrenching, heart-felt wailing, then now is the time. Either way, we are to lift our voices, and trumpet them towards heaven.
Jesus fulfilled the four spring feasts at His first coming. Will He not fulfill fulfill the last three feasts at His second coming? After all, “no one knows the day or the hour” this feast day will arrive. Is it possible that Jesus could return at this time? Actually, it is inevitable that Jesus’ return is immanent. Indeed, it will come as a thief in the night. Could it be now?
It does appear to me, that the Yom Teruah of 2020, was at least in part fulfilled. Incredibly as the Church called out to God desperately in repentance at various events across the nation, such as Jonathan Cahn’s The Return, Franklin Graham’s Prayer March, Pastor Jack Hibb’s week of prayer and fasting, Pastor Dana Coverstone’s call to daily prayer, and Carter Conlon’s call to pray at Plymouth, and the essence of Yom Teruah and Joel 1-2 began to come to pass.
I know that many have thought that Jesus would return on Yom Teruah because of the trumpets that sound this day, and it is still possible. After all, 1 Thessalonians 4 states that the Lord Himself shall descend with a shout, the voice of the archangel, and the “trump” of God. “16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” And Yom Teruah has everything to do with loud noises — shouting and shofars!
Though we are called to pray without ceasing and to watch unto prayer and to be vigilant always and to keep looking up, this holiday is a good reminder to return to or continue in this behavior. At this time, too many Christians are thinking that normal could return, that things could get better, that everything will be alright, that we all need to just try a little harder or vote for someone else. As they hope in this, and yes, even as they physically and legally fight for this, their spiritual vigilance has gotten fuzzy and prayer has tapered off. Thus, this holiday has come yet again as a reminder that we must surrender all; we must return to prayer; we must see the state of this nation and our world for what it is. May this holiday find you looking up with your eyes and hearts fixed upon Jesus, for our redemption is nearer now than last year at this time.
Holy Light Ministries
Food for Thought:
Could this be when the 2 witnesses appear of Revelation 11? After all, it takes two witnesses to confirm that this holiday can begin. Could this be when God sends His Son to go and get His Bride? After all, it is the day that no man knows. If He does indeed come for His Bride on that unknown day, surprising all as a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 4:16-chapter 5), then it would definitely be a call for great alarm as portrayed in Joel 2. Could this be when they sound the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm in God’s holy mountain, calling all to repentance because they missed the Day, and they know it? After all, would this not cause the greatest weeping, the deepest repentance, the most overwhelming alarm? We’ll see!
I will leave you with those thoughts at this time. My thoughts on this are still developing. My blessings to you all as you prepare for the SOON return of the King!!!
Mark Biltz’s book, Blood Moons, check out this link: http://shop.elshaddaiministries.us/Blood-Moons_c17.htm
Perry Stone, Jr., “The Rapture Revelation: A Special Teaching Syllabus,” from the video set, “The Rapture Revelation.”
“8643: Teruah,” word study, https://biblehub.com/hebrew/8643.htm
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
The Complete Words Study Dictionary: Old Testament
“Why Babylonian Names for Jewish Months?” https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/987524/jewish/Why-Babylonian-Names-for-Jewish-Months.htm
Definitions of different names associate with Yom Teruah are presented in this article and the hope that we will be raptured during the present Yom Teruah…we’ll see! https://raptureandendtimes.com/2020/03/12/rapture-2020-the-feast-of-trumpets/?fbclid=IwAR3D6BtUpyxEqHva9aRraJeZA4XE5kEp6DAQAlVycKpyUOzyrwCNO5Qd91s https://torahresource.com/the-yearly-festivals/yom-truah-rosh-hashanah/embed/#?secret=l8J76hiDm5