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Shofar (by Alphonse Lévy); Caption says: “To a good year”

‘Blow the shofar in Tziyon! Sound an alarm on my holy mountain!’ Let all living in the land tremble, for the Day of Adonai is coming! It’s upon us! ~ Joel 2:1, CJB


In Israel, starting at sunset on Sunday September 16th, the Jewish people will begin their celebration of Yom Teruah, which in modern Judaism is called Rosh Hashanah (the New Year; the first month of the Hebrew calendar’s civil year).  In Christianity, this festival is known as the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets also is called “the feast when the shofar cries.”

The main reason why Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets is called “the feast when the shofar cries” is basically because Yom Teruah also is known as the day of the Shofar (ram’s horn) Blast or noise, as well as the Day of the Awakening Blast. In other words, Yom Teruah represents a loud warning cry, because it is the time when Jewish people must wake up and repent. Yom Teruah, thus, is the time for Jewish people to make sure that they are prepared for Adonai.

Now the Holy Bible never refers to this Fall festival as Rosh Hashanah. The names that this holiday is given in the Holy Bible are Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the blowing of the trumpets) ~ see Leviticus 23:24-25 and Numbers 29:1. Of the seven mandated annual festivals, Yom Teruah is the fourth, yet the first of the three Fall feasts.   

For Messianic Jews and Christians, Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets, which once again is the first of the three Fall feasts, takes place during the Fall harvest season. The time of this feast is why Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets also symbolizes the need for Messianic Jews and Christians to be prepared for the return of Yeshua, to be prepared for the resurrection of the righteous dead to glorification, and to be prepared for the reunion of the Bride (body of believers) with her Bridegroom (Yeshua the Messiah, who is the King of kings and Lord of lords). Put differently, Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets is the time of the next major prophetic event (the time of the Resurrection-Rapture), when Yeshua returns on a cloud to a world that is preoccupied with slumbering to resurrect the dead in Him, first, and then Rapture (snatch away, catch up) His living Bride.

Let us, therefore, stay prepared; stay alert; and keep looking up, for our Redeemer is near! PEACE….