REVISIONS IN PROGRESS…
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.”
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 a call to 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.
Yom Teruah is God’s appointment with believers 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. Indeed, it will come as a thief in the night.
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?
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!!!
**Portions of 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