This past Sunday began what is known in the Jewish faith as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. It falls on the Hebrew calendar on the 1st and 2nd day of Tishrei. The Hebrew biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah which means “the day of shouting/raise a noise.” Some translate it as the Feast of Trumpets. This holiday begins a 10 day period of prayer, self-examination, and repentance and ends with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.
So why is this of any importance to us as Christians? Because it is part of our heritage. We cannot forget that our Christian faith came to us from a Jewish lineage. Judeo-Christian both are part of who we are. Once we have become a part of the kingdom of God, we are born into the faith that came through the Jews.
Now, why should we study the truth in scripture about the Feast of Israel? We study because there are truths God wants to reveal to us. We study to show ourselves approved unto God as workmen who should not be ashamed of the gospel. All the gospel. The feasts are part of that history and reveal shadows and truths of God’s plan throughout the ages. When you study the feasts you find that they have all been fulfilled except the feast of trumpets.
The shofar or ram’s horn (trumpet) is an important part of the celebration and is the most mentioned musical instrument in the bible. During this celebration, it is sounded with 100 blasts. The shofar or ram’s horn is blown to remind the people that judgment is coming. Amos 3:6 “When the shofar is blown in the city, don’t the people tremble?” Symbolically, it is to awaken the slumbering ones. The sound of the trumpet calls us to return to the Lord and seek His face. The sound of the trumpet about which Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says, that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then, we, who are still alive will be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so, we will always be with the Lord.”
There is much to study in God’s word; much more than we could cover here. There are deep treasures to be revealed by the Holy Spirit that will encourage and give us hope for the day.
The feast of trumpets is a study that unveils the hope that one day we will hear the trumpet sound and we will in a twinkling of an eye be taken up to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus.
I find great hope in that thought.
This poem is a reminder that God speaks to us. He brought this in the very early morning hours of September 15, which was to be the 1st day of Tishrei. A reminder to me that there is an urgency today to call people to awaken from our slumber and tremble at the thought that friends and neighbors need to hear that there is coming a day when Christ will return.
I’m listening for a trumpet; are you???
Rosh Hashanah – The Feast of Trumpets – Sept. 15, 2015
I’m listening for a trumpet
To call me safely home
It’s the blowing of the shofar.
To call God’s children home
I’m waiting for the Savior
Who’s prepared a home for me
He’ll call me from His heaven
To be with Him for all eternity
With eager expectation
I sense the time is near
Oh what joy there to behold
I’ll walk on streets of gold
Surrounded by such beauty
More perfect than was Eden
The colors there more splendid
In brilliance as always was intended
I’ll walk in cool of evening
I’m told there’s a crystal river
Where the river of life is streaming
That flows from the Throne of God
I’ll sing a song that’s new with music never heard
Such perfect melodies and harmonies on us will be conferred
Stirring new sensations from colors, sights and sound
The wonders of the heavens around us will abound
Our bodies renewed with strength and vigor given
Twill be glorified and driven by grace in His provision
The healing of our memories washed clean by Calvary
All sorrows wiped away no longer hold their mastery
What joy we have that’s coming
My heart and spirit cries
Don’t miss this celebration
The calls’ to every nation
Just listen for the trumpet
It’s the blowing of the shofar
When God calls His children home
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