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Yom Teruah and Rosh Hashanah

Yom Teruah (the Day of Noise) and Rosh Hashanah (the Festival of Trumpets)

Apples and honey for a sweet year ahead

Rosh Hashanah is the (Rabbinic) Jewish New Year, but is Biblically known as Yom Teruah (literally the "Day of [loud] Noise"). It falls on the first day of the seventh month, generally considered by Rabbis as the beginning of creation, and the Mishnah speaks of it as a day of judgement. In the Bible it is known as the Blowing of Trumpets and has the following meanings:


  • Gathering and assembling of people
  • Commencing a journey
  • Call to arms
  • Proclamation of joy
  • Memorial or reminder of something present or just at hand


Maimonides (a medieval Jewish scholar) said it was to rouse men to repentance
The trumpet sound is connected to the voice of God (Ex.19:19; Rev.1:10) where the Trumpets were saying: "Come my people, gather to me, rejoice."
It is God saying "Behold" to his people: "Behold the bridegroom comes, the day of joy is at hand."


The Lord said to Moses,
"Say to the Israelites: 'On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the Lord by fire.'"

~ Leviticus 23: 23-25 ~


The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) is now the Jewish New Year, and begins the high Holy Days in the seventh month (corresponding to September or October). It is a celebration of the spiritual birthday of the world or creation, and is celebrated with blowing of the trumpets (Lev. 23:23-25).


  • Jewish New Year = September / October
  • Begins the "High Holidays"
  • Celebrates the spiritual birth of the world and creation
  • According to Jewish Tradition, many key milestones in God's plan occurred on Rosh Hashanah
  • According to Jewish Tradition all the following 'key moments' in Biblical history happened on first day of the seventh month:
  • Adam and Eve were created
  • The Flood waters dried up
  • Enoch was taken by God (Gen. 5:24)
  • Sarah, Rachel, and Samuel (1 Sam. 1) conceived
  • Joseph freed from prison by Pharaoh
  • The forced labour of Hebrews in Egypt ended
  • Job contracted leprosy
  • Start of sacrifices on the altar built by Ezra (Ezra 3:1)
  • The Shofar Ceremony in the Temple
  • The ceremony of the blowing of the shofar was a magnificent sight.
  • The priest chosen to blow the shofar was trained from childhood. On the first day of this feast, the priest blowing the shofar stood outside the Temple with two trumpeters.


The shofar represents, among other things, a call to awaken the conscience.


Sounding the Shofar

Sound the Shofar in Zion!

There are four different sounds associated with the Feast of Trumpet's service. These sounds are explained as follows:


1) Tekiah – A pure unbroken sound that calls man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek forgiveness through repentance.


2) Shevarim – A broken, staccato, trembling sound. It typifies the sorrow that comes to man when he realizes his wrong and desires to change his ways.


3) Teruah – A wave-like sound of alarm calling upon man to stand by the banner of God.


4) Tekiah Gedolah – The prolonged, unbroken sound typifying a final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement.


Trumpets were always blown at a new moon; hence this was the 7th trumpet. At this particular feast the trumpets were heard from morning to evening, whereas on other occasions they blew once or twice. The Feast of Trumpets may thus be viewed as foreshadowing the day when God calls the attention of the Church and Israel, as well as of the nations, to the closing events of this age.


The trumpet has been sounding and Israel has been regathered as a nation into their own land. Yeshua said to look at the fig tree..." (Matthew 24:32-33). The sign of the nearness of Messiah's return is the return of Israel to their own land.


Prophetic Power!

"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Messiah will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever."

~ 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17

The Feast of Trumpets is a powerful prophetic look at the final days and Messiah's return.


I strongly believe that we are living in the days when the Church needs to be AWAKE and attentive to what God is speaking to us, seeing with His eyes, hearing with His ears, understanding with His mind and aligning our hearts with His heart, to beat together as one.


Yeshua said in Matthew 25: 1-13,

"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep... Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."


Listen to this prophetic word received by email recently, it wonderfully sums up how I feel about how we should be in this hour...


"Sleeping" by Ras Robinson - October 11, 2007


Sleeping. This is the day and this is the hour for you to be very alert and standing ready for action. Do not be slack. Wipe all sleep from your eyes. A glorious event is about to unfold. It will involve you. This day is a day for being alert and available to Me. Wash your hands and face. Change your garments. Be prepared to move out into the next phase of your destiny. What has worked for you in the past is outdated and needs to be discarded. The new is upon you. Embrace it. Seek to fully understand it. Come with an open mind and no agenda of your own. You are mine and have been bought with a price. Sleeping.


Matthew 26:40
"And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said* to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?"


The trumpet has been sounding and Israel has been regathered as a nation into their own land. Yeshua said to look at the fig tree..." (Matthew 24:32-33). The sign of the nearness of Messiah's return is the return of Israel to their own land.

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