Yom Teruah, Feasts of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah

Miniature Ram's Horn
Miniature Ram’s Horn

Many people regard Yom Teruah as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  But not everyone.  Tishri (September time frame) is the seventh month on the Biblical calendar.  The first month, Nissan, is around March/April.  The Biblical New Year is Nissan 1, which falls on April 8 in 2016.  Notice that in Leviticus 23, the Hebrew months are simply called the first month, the second month, etc.  Naming the months came later–after the Babylonian captivity.

The fourth month is named after the Babylonian god Tammuz.  Why?  After the destruction of Jerusalem and Solomon’s temple, the Hebrews were in Babylonian captivity–and under Babylonian influence–for seventy years.  The Hebrew secular calendar, which designates Tishri as the head of the year, reflects Babylonian influence.

Yom Teruah begins at sundown Sunday, September 13, 2015, with a series of blasts on the shofar (ram’s horn).  This is why it’s called the Feast of Trumpets, although “feast” is misleading.  The Feast of Trumpets is a moedim, one of God’s Appointed Times.  Yom Teruah is the first of the Fall Feasts.  It is a “no work” day and a holy convocation.  A convocation is a dress rehearsal.  Convocations are prophetic.   All of the Spring and Fall Feasts are moedims, divine appointments with God.

Many believe that Yeshua (Jesus) will return during the Yom Teruah, also known as the “Day of the Shout” and “the day that no man knows”).

The following verses in the New Testament might refer to Yom Teruah.  “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (I Corinthians 15: 51, 52 KJV).  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught  up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4: 16, 17 KJV).

Others believe that the Second Coming will occur at Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) because the shofar is blown at the end of the day.  This might the “last trumpet” that Paul refers to in I Corinthians 15: 52.  Or maybe not.  Needless to say, it’s controversial.

No one knows for sure when Yeshua is going to return, but I do believe that the answer lies in the Fall Feasts.  Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts with his First Coming.  He will fulfill the Fall Feasts with his Second Coming.

For more information about the Hebrew calendar and the Babylonian connection, please click on the following link: http://www.nehemiaswall.com/yom-teruah-day-shouting-became-rosh-hashanah.

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