Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah (feast of trumpets) ...?


The Jewish feast of Rosh Hashanah is coming up soon (in 2015 it will be 14 to 15 September on our western calendar).

What is it about?

Are Christians to celebrate this feast?

... if not, why not?

Remember our previous posts on some of the Jewish feasts here, here, here and here


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Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish feast that commemorates the (new) beginning. It literally means "head of the year" and is a two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year, on the first and second day of their month of Tishri (14 and 15 September this year), the first month of the Jewish civil year. Some Jewish scholars are of the opinion that it also celebrates the beginning of creation and Israel's new beginning after being led to freedom out of Egypt.

Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (ram's horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year".

For the Jewish people it is also a time of repentance and prayers for forgiveness starting in the preceding week already. This prepares them for the feast of Yom Kippur (or Feast of Atonement nine days later on 10 Tishri, 23 September this year) that follows and the feast of Sukkot five days after Yom Kippur.

So, what is the relevance for Christians?

Let me, first of all, just advise you as I did before that as the bride of Christ, we are not supposed to celebrate the Jewish feasts - the shadow of what was to come. Why hug the picture if you can hug the Person? We have the real Person, Jesus, risen and shed abroad in our hearts to celebrate. All the law, the prophets and the other books, including the feasts are fulfilled in Messiah Yah'shua ... we ought to celebrate Him!

Also, as the bride of Christ, why would we celebrate any feast (Jewish or pagan) other than Him - Jesus?

So, we need to renew our minds when it comes to feasts.

The term "Rosh Hashanah" does not even appear in the Hebrew Torah. Leviticus 23:24 refers to the festival of the first day of the seventh month as "Zikhron Teru'ah" ("a memorial with the blowing of trumpets"). Numbers 29:1 calls this (law) festival Yom Teru'ah, ("Day of blowing the horn"), from there the western name Feast of Trumpets.

These Jewish feasts have many, many traditions and rituals and rules and laws and customs and artificial beliefs attached to them and they all make the Word of God of none effectMar 7:13

In many Christian circles Rosh Hashanah is seen as the day of the second coming of Jesus. It is seen as being prophetic of the rapture that will take place referring to 1 Cor 15:52 that says: 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. Our focus, however, should be on Jesus and the shofar echoes resounding in our hearts ... constantly! Not the number of blood moons and earthly peculiarities.

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Mat 24:31


Don't spent yourself worrying and waiting for the trumpet! You are His elect, his bride, the affection of His heart ... it goes without saying ... within the twinkling of an eye without you having to do to earn!


You are the church ... the ekklēsia (literally in Greek "from the calling" or "called out from amongst"). You are His!

Remember to check out our up and coming blog post on Yom Kipur!

u r gr8ly blessed!
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