Yom Teruah: Feast of Trumpets

Miniature Ram’s Horn

This year Yom Teruah begins at sundown Sunday, October 2 and ends at sundown Monday, October 3.


God’s Appointed Times are His moadim, his holy convocations. God’s moadims are Shabbat, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover and Unleavened Bread are often treated as one festival), First Fruits, Shavuot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.


Yom Teruah is the only moadim  without an explanation in the Tenahk.  Every other feast  is explained in Leviticus 23 and elsewhere in the Tenahk.  Passover and Unleavened Bread relate to the Hebrews’ Exodus from Egypt. Three of  God’s moadims relate to the harvest: First Fruits (barley harvest), Shavuot (wheat harvest), and Sukkot.  Yom Kipper is the Day of Atonement (a.k.a. the Day of Purging) and is associated with judgement.


God’s holy convocations are dress rehearsals. The spring feasts were fulfilled at the First Coming of the Messiah. Yeshua, our Passover Lamb, was crucified on Passover.  He was in the tomb during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  He rose from the dead on First Fruits.  He sent the  Holy Spirit to  empower His followers on Shavuot (Pentecost).

The fall feasts will be fulfilled at His Second Coming.


Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets)  is intriguing because it lacks an explanation in the Tenahk but suggests one in the B’rit Chadashah (New Testament).  “Adonai spoke to Moses saying: ‘Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a Shabbat rest, a memorial of blowing (Shofaot), a holy convocation.  You are to do no regular work, and you are to present an offering made by fire to Adonai'” (Leviticus 23: 23-25, (TLV).

We learn from Leviticus that Yom Teruah occurs in the seventh month, it’s a no-work day, and the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown.  Why?  The Tenahk is silent.

(NOTE: Yom Terauh is not Rosh Hashanah. Many celebrate Rosh Hashanah, meaning “the head of the year,”on the same day as the Feast of Trumpets.  Rosh Hashanah is not mentioned in the Torah.)


Yom Teruah is known as “the day that no man knows.”  In other words, no one knows the day or the hour when the new moon will appear.  “The day that no man knows” is a Jewish idiom, or expression, referring to Yom Teruah.  Sound familiar?

Yeshua said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24: 36, KJV).

The Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15: 51-52, “Behold, I tell 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 shofar.  For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed”(TLV).

Yom Teruah is also known as “the Day of the Shout.”  Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 4: 16-17, “For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the blast of God’s shofar, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first” (TLV).


We cannot know the day, the hour, or even the year when the Messiah will return, but we can know the season.  Will He return during the Feast of Trumpets?  Perhaps. Perhaps not. Regardless, be ready.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory.  He will send out His angels with a great shofar, and they will gather together his chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24: 30-31, TLV).

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and lalnguages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed (Daniel 7: 13-14, KJV).

See Daniet 7: 9-14 and Revelation 14: 14-16 also.



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