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Beginning Monday, September 6, 2021, on the Gregorian calendar, Jews and some Christians will celebrate the feast day known as Rosh Hashanah. The day will be marked by the blowing of the Shofar a total of 100 times in synagogues all over Israel, New York, and other places around the globe. The feast will conclude on sundown on September 8, 2021.
But the question that I am asking is one of major importance and one we, as disciples of Christ, need to take a long, hard look at. I am not Jewish, but I fully understand the importance of the feast days and how they tie into God’s calendar in this age and in the next. In order to answer that question, we need to define what Rosh Hashanah is and then its importance now and in future days.
The Name Says It All
The word Rosh Hashanah literally means ‘head of the year.’ That is why it is called New Year’s day, Jewish New Year, or the beginning of the year. The Hebrew calendar actually has two New Year’s, a civil and an agricultural. It sounds confusing, but God arranged it that way.
The civil year begins at the feast of Passover, which celebrates the Exodus from Egypt and the birth of the Jewish Nation. The Hebrew calendar is tied to the moon and its phases. Thus, the date is not set until the New Moon arises for the corresponding holiday. The agricultural year, as well as Sabbatical years and Jubilees, begin at Rosh Hashanah.
Numbers 29:1 “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you will have a holy assembly. You will do no ordinary work. It is a day of blowing the trumpets for you. MEV
This is the verse that established the feast day known as Rosh Hashanah, but the various teachings, meals, and other things that are part of this feast developed over the centuries to follow. Originally God told them to blow the trumpet or shofar. Anytime the word shofar appears in the Old Testament it is translated as trumpet.
Creation and Judgement
The Hebrew calendar is based on God’s creation of mankind, Adam. The word Adam or Adamah has many meanings, including ground, earth, and man, or humankind. Thus Hebrew scholars believe that Rosh Hashanah is linked to the creation of Adam and Eve and that every year God comes down and examines every person’s deeds, good and bad. That is why the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur follows, and finally Tabernacles.
The current year on the Hebrew calendar is 5781. The new year that begins tomorrow evening is the year 5782. That is important because of the Hebrew letters פב or peh-bet. The importance is the letter peh represents the mouth, and bet is the second letter. The prophetic significance of this year is speaking what edifies and glorifies the Son, Jesus. For a deeper understanding of the prophetic meaning of 5780, 5781, and 5782, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUlU7dFFSUM.
So, you see how the calendar is linked with creation and judgment, and God has set times for certain things to occur. Accordingly, we know that Israel was born after the Exodus around 1500 years ago. My purpose is not to establish a young or old creation narrative but to establish how God’s seasons are different than ours.
The Feasts Fulfilled Thus Far
When Jesus came the first time, He celebrated the feasts as well as the holiday of Chanukah. We see the latter in John, where He celebrated the Feast of Dedication as Chanukah is known. He was celebrating the Passover with His disciples just before He was arrested. Likewise, He was the fulfillment of the Passover feast.
But He told His disciples: “And He said to them I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you that I will never eat it again until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 22:15-16 MEV
Mark 14:25 “Truly I say to you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.” MEV
Wow! Jesus told his disciples that He would not celebrate the Passover meal until He celebrates it in the New Kingdom. The Passover meal evolved years after this to become what many celebrate today with the egg, apples, nuts, and horseradish. Yet, we know that when Jesus celebrated it, they broke bread and drank the fruit of the vine.
The second feast that Jesus has fulfilled was Pentecost. This holiday occurs fifty days after Passover and celebrates the ingathering or harvesting. Again, Jesus promised that His disciples would receive the Holy Spirit and be powerful witnesses in all of the earth. (See Acts chapters 1 & 2, Joel 2:28). This is the period we are currently living in where the Holy Spirit is working in all of the earth to bring the Harvest.
The next feast in line is the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah. It is celebrated by the blowing of shofars, but Jews also celebrate it with food and joy. Apples, nuts, pomegranates, and honey, along with many traditional dishes, are associated with it.
The fact that Jesus celebrated all of these feasts and told us He would celebrate Passover again in the New Kingdom should be enough to say to us that The day of the Trumpet blast or Rosh Hashanah should have a literal fulfillment.
A Shofar Blast, A Wedding, and A Wedding Feast
So the next prophetic event on God’s timeline associated with humankind is the day of the Shofar Blast or Yom Teruah. Since Jesus died and arose at Passover to institute a new ‘holy nation or holy people,’ and He sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost for the Harvest, why should we not expect Him to come around the time of the Fall Feasts? I am not a date setter, but we must be aware of the season upon He returns.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 Thessalonians 4 that the regeneration or resurrection of the dead in Christ would appear at the sound of the last shofar or trumpet. Then at some point after that, there will be a wedding where Jesus marries His bride, the Church, followed by the greatest celebration ever. (See Revelation 19:7-9, 21:2.9, Eph. 5:25-27, 2 Cor. 11:2)
The exact way this will all play out is another subject and has brought on many debates. However, we should focus on the fact that there will be a heavenly shofar blast, followed by a wedding and a long, perhaps 1000 year, wedding feast. Thus, we will be drinking the cup of the fruit of the vine in the next age.
Regardless of what goes on around us, we need to live ready. We must fellowship with the Spirit, Son, and Father always. Worship the Son and stay in the Word. Intercede and pray for the nations and the salvation of Israel. We have been given all we need to live for Him and make disciples of the nations. Celebrate the feasts now and recognize there is a shofar sound, and there is also a judgment.
One final word about celebrating the feasts:
Then it will be that all the nations who have come against Jerusalem and survived will go up each year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. (MEV) Zechariah 14:16
The day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles follow and will be fulfilled in the age(s) to come. Live Loved, Live ready.