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Rosh Hashana - the Festival of the Blowing of the Trumpets

Written by Sue Thurston on . Posted in Yom Teruah

GOD’s ordained feasts and festivals are prophetic rehearsals unfolding the return of His kingdom. GOD ordained the memorial of blowing the shofar (trumpets) to occur on Tishrei One, Lev. 23: 23-25.

As the first month on the Jewish Civil Calendar, the memorial became known as Rosh Hashana, meaning the head of the new year. Although calendars have changed throughout time, the name Rosh Hashana remains synonymous with the Festival of the Blowing of the Trumpets.

Rosh Hashana is heralded by the sound of shofars. It is considered a time of new beginnings, and also as the Day of Judgment. Its many themes include resurrection, the coming Messianic Kingdom, the coronation and wedding of the Messiah.

Rosh Hashana commences the "ten days of awe," ending at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. These ten days GOD allotted humankind for reflection, repentance and restitution.

Yom Teruah, the awakening blast, urgently calls us to repentance, and to consider our walk with GOD. The Messianic believer’s heart leaps at the sounding shofar, which will certainly announce the triumphant return of Yeshua our Messiah to "come and reign over all the earth."

Neither the old nor the new covenants specifically state why GOD requires blowing the shofars or trumpets. In searching the scripture, the medieval sage, Se’adiah Gaon, codified ten events associated with the blowing of the shofar. The Messianic believer sees our Sovereign Yeshua HaMashiach throughout Gaon’s findings. Would that Gaon had had seen the same.

The shofar announces the beginning reign of a Sovereign King.

The shofar marks the first day of Rosh Hashanah and commences ten days of repentance.

The blasting trumpets bring to remembrance Mt. Sinai where the law was given.

The shofar warns us to heed the words of the prophets, which were compared to the sound of a shofar.

The shofar sounded the warning from the temple when danger was near.

The shofar represents God’s mercy when He provided the ram as a sacrifice in the place of Isaac -- a willing sacrifice, but one GOD did not require. [Yeshua, the Son of GOD took up that sacrifice, to atone for the sins of the world.]

The sounding shofar arouses fear and trembling, reminding us to humble ourselves before our creator.

The shofar announces the judgment. Zephaniah One: Fear the great day of judgment: “Near is the day of the great day of the LORD, near and exceedingly soon is the day of shofar and shouting.”

The sounding shofar will recall faith in the future ingathering of Israel’s dispersed, and to awaken our yearning for it.

The shofar will recall our faith in the future resurrection of the dead.