Article by Molly Noble Bull
At sundown on Sunday, September 16, 2012 and on Monday, September 17th, Jews from around the world as well as Messianic Jewish Congregations will gather to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets. Ten days later on September 26th, they will celebrate Yom Kippur. These ten days are called the Days of Awe.
All the Feasts of Israel are mentioned in the Book of Leviticus chapter 23. The Feast of Trumpets is mentioned in verse 24, noting the Jewish New Year with the blowing of a ram’s horn called the shofar.
Click below to hear a very short blowing of the shofar.
The Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah, falls on the first and second day of the Jewish month of Tishri and is the first of three feasts held in the fall of the year. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the Fall Feasts of Israel mentioned in the Bible and one of the Jewish High Holy Days, a time of reflection and prayer.
The actual date when Rosh Hashanah begins on any given year is determined by the new moon. Since nobody knows the day or the hour when the new moon will appear, Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration instead of a one-day feast.
In Judaism today, Rosh Hashanah is known as the Head of the Year.
According to the Book of Exodus, chapter nineteen and verses 13 and 16 to 19, it appears that perhaps the LORD Himself blew the shofar. Perhaps He will blew it again according to 1 Thessalonians chapter four and verses 16 and 17. The blowing of the shofar in both these scriptures seemed to be a sort of announcement that God was about to manifest Himself.
To Christians, the sound of the shofar reminds us that Jesus, Yeshua HaMashiach, is returning soon, and on that day, the trumpet will sound once again.
If you are reading this article on Sunday, September 16th, it might not be too late to tune in to CBN to hear a program, celebrating Rosh Hashanah. The program is scheduled for tonight, Sunday, at 6:30 PM central and 7:30 PM eastern. I cannot recommend this program because I haven't seen it yet. However, I have a feeling it is going to be great.
Praise the Lord.