Feast of Trumpets has many names. Most Jewish people of today call it Rosh Hashanah or Yom Teruah. It is the festival in the Bible known as the Blowing of Trumpets.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”
Leviticus 23:23-25 (NKJV)
And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.
The trumpet used is not like what we know today as a trumpet, rather it is a ram’s horn called a shofar. The shofar is used to announce the beginning of festivals, to assemble people, muster troops, warn of danger, and for coronations. So there are many meanings for this very mysterious day known as the Feast of Trumpets. Listed are some of the many names and themes for this day:
Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year, Birthday of the World)
Yom Teruah (the Day of the Awakening Blast (Feast of Trumpets)
Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgment)
HaMelech (the Coronation of the Messiah)
Yom HaZikkaron (the Day of Remembrance or memorial)
The time of Jacob’s (Ya’akov) trouble (the birthpangs of the Messiah, Chevlai shel Mashiach)
The opening of the gates
Kiddushin/Nesu’in (the wedding ceremony)
The resurrection of the dead (rapture, natza1)
The last trump (shofar)
Yom Hakeseh (the hidden day)
The reason this day has so much significance is because it is the next feast yet to be fulfilled, and many believe it will be the day of the rapture, more accurately described in the Bible as “the gathering” or “catching away”. It marks the Jewish New Year and begins the Days of Awe also referred to as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Daniel’s 70th week, the Day of the Lord, or the Tribulation.
Because Feast of Trumpets begins based on the sighting of the new moon, it spans two days (48 hours). Therefore it is called the unknown day because no one knows the day or the hour it will start. Two witnesses are assigned to look for the new moon outside the walls of Jerusalem and report to the head of the Sanhedrin when it has occurred. It is at this time that the new year is declared and the trumpets begin sounding.
Four different types of blasts are sounded on Feast of Trumpets (awakening, warning, repentance, the last trumpet) with a total of 100 or more blasts. It comes on the first day of the month of Tishri. Tishri usually falls sometime during September or October. To those of us who believe in Jesus as our Messiah, Feast of Trumpets has great prophetic significance.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NKJV)
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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NKJV)
This will be the time when the Lord will come for His own. Jesus will descend through the heavens and catch away those who are true followers to be with Himself. While we don’t know the day or the hour, we do know the season. Even though it has yet to be fulfilled, we are still in the period between Pentecost and Feast of Trumpets in God’s prophetic calendar. So I encourage everyone to look up during the Feast of Trumpets and be on the watch. This could be the year our Lord comes for His bride!
NOTE: We could give much more detail and explanation, but because today begins the Feast of Trumpets we encourage you to continue in an attitude of Teshuvah. In the coming days leading up to the Day of Atonement (October 3), continue to read Psalm 27 and sound the trumpet every day as a reminder of God’s desire for you to make your ways like His ways.
– John & Jenn