View Article The Feast of Trumpets
FEAST: The Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24-25) 18 Sep - 20 Sep 2020 – Yom Kippur 28th-
29th Sept. 2nd Oct-9th Oct Tabernacles
Also known as Rosh Hashanah [New Year]
This Feast Commemorates the beginning of the final harvest and preparation for the coming
of Yom Kippur, the opening of the Book of life, and the ultimate celebration.
Prophetic message: The coming together of God’s people ready for the coming of the King
and preparing for the wedding feast of the lamb.
Description of Feast:
This Feast, also known as Rosh HaShanah, is not in the Bible but is used to start the secular
Jewish New Year. The Biblical calendar is based on the lunar cycle, so each month starts
with the rising of the new Moon. Most feasts fall within the month, and when they occur
within the month, is counted from when the New Moon is observed in the night sky. Rosh
HaShanah, which means “The Head of the Year,” occurs on the first day of the month, when
the Moon first appears, making it very difficult to know when the Feast does start. Because of
the uncertainty of when the Moon would rise, two men were sent to the top of a hill to watch
for its first appearance in relation to the Sun setting. When they spotted it, they would run to
tell the chief Rabbi who would listen to the account from one of the men. Then he would
stand aside, and the other man would be asked for his account of the Moon’s appearance.
From their reports, it would be decided which day was the first of the month. Only when the
Moon appeared on the Horizon after the Sun had set, and at least three stars were visible in
the night sky, could the new day be declared, and the Feast of Trumpets could start. Many of
the Messianic Jewish Believers prefer to call it the Feast of Trumpets. Once the Moon is
sighted, the first day of the month is declared, and the Feast can begin. Nobody would know
which day or hour the Feast would start until the New Moon was sighted. Even with modern
technology, they say it is still challenging to determine the exact rising of the Moon in
relation to the sunset.
For this reason, this festival, the Feast of Trumpets, is celebrated over two days, as nobody
knows the exact hour or the day the Moon will rise, so they have to keep watch. It is
interesting to note that the Religious Jews of Israel have reinstated this system of announcing
the New Year in the last few years.
Let us look at the Word of God in Matthew 24:36-42. Talking of the end of the age, Yeshua
said to keep watch as nobody knows the hour or the day when the Lord will come. When we
look into the Hebraic background of our faith, we can see that Yeshua never wasted words.
When our Lord spoke, the people would have known what He meant within the Hebrew
language. The Hebrew language is full of idioms, and in the translation of the Word into
Greek and then English, followed by our Hellenistic interpretation; we have lost the original
meaning. To say in Hebrew, “nobody knows the hour or day” actually means “Feast of
Trumpets.” So when Yeshua said these words, His hearers would have known what our Lord
was saying. The end would come at the Feast of Trumpets, and they were to keep watch for
that particular day and not be distracted by anything.
When the Jewish people have a celebration, they break bread and drink wine, the fruit of the
vine. The bread for Shabbat is a long plaited loaf. For this Feast, they have two loaves that
are round and raised to signify a crown. They believe the Messiah, the Conquering King, will
come at this time.
I have heard them ask each other in the market at Passover, “Do you think the Messiah will
come this Passover?” So how does this relate to the Feast of Trumpets?
Some Jewish people believe there are two Messiahs, the first Messiah being Ben Joseph, the
suffering servant, the second Messiah being Ben David the conquering King. The first was to
take care of the sins of the people, the second to conquer all, two messiahs coming once
When John the Baptist asked Yeshua if He was the one or should they expect another, he was
asking was Yeshua ‘the’ Messiah or should they still expect another one. [Matthew 11:2-6]
Yeshua answered John saying, “The sick recover, the blind see and the lame walk”; He was
saying He was Ben Joseph, the suffering servant. Then Yeshua said, “The dead are raised,” a
sign of the conquering King. Yeshua was saying that He was both Ben Joseph, the suffering
servant, and Ben David the conquering King, one Messiah coming twice. The first time He
was revealed was at Passover and the second, by the words of Yeshua Himself, could it
possibly be at Rosh HaShanah?
On this two-day New Year celebration, the Israelites prepared themselves for Yom Kippur,
which comes ten days later. In this celebration, they extolled God as the one whose standard
the people have failed to meet and recount His greatness, love, and mercy. It is a time to
ready oneself for the coming of the King, the Shofar blast, an ingathering of the people before
God for the final judgment. “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.” 1
Thessalonians 4:16. Scripture is clear that the trumpet (Shofar) will sound at the coming of
the Lord. Rosh HaShanah is also known as the “Feast of Trumpets” (Yom HaTeru’ah). With
the blast of the Shofar, the New Year is ushered in. This Feast is shrouded in mystery, to get a
better understanding of it and see its importance as to why this day points to our Lord’s
return, some of the Hebraic teachings need to be examined.
In the words of the late Derek Prince, speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, “a mystery is
not something that is to be hidden for all time; a mystery is something to be searched out,
examined, and revealed.”
Rosh HaShanah is from the time at Mt Sinai, when Moses was given a message from God.
From these commands, the people could understand their sins, and understand the need to
repent. The people had been told to gather together before God, and to repent of those sins, as
outlined in Exodus 19. We can liken this to the Holy Spirit being sent to come and convict us
of our iniquities; the time has now come for us to go before the Lord and confess our sins.
The standard greeting at Rosh HaShanah is Gmar Chatimah Tovah, which means, “May your
name be inscribed in the book of life of righteousness.” There is a Book of Life, as mentioned
in Revelation 3:5, and in Revelation 20:11-15, and again in Revelation 21:27. From these
Scriptures, it’s very clear there is a Book of Life, and only those whose names appear in that
Book will go to be with the Lord. They are making it very interesting that such a greeting
would be given at this Feast and no other. On this day, the Orthodox Jewish people believe
that God created the World. The month is the month of Tishri, and things that happen in this
month are said to have occurred at BeTishrei, (In Tishrei). The Jewish word for the Book of
Genesis is Berishet; if you change the letters around in BeTishrei, you get Berishet, and so
they believe that the World was created on this day. If God created the World on this day, He
would also take stock of His creation on this day. As stated, Rosh HaShanah means Head of
the Year, so just as the head directs the body, so too does God’s judgment on this day rule the
To summarize, there are three main themes to the Rosh HaShanah feast.
The Kingship of the Messiah could be proclaimed on this day. For forty days, the people have
been getting ready for this day, the day of the coming of the King, preparing for the gathering
at the foot of the throne, and for repenting for all the sins of the past.
At this Feast begin the days of awe when the people will be divided up into their different
groups for the final judgment. They will be divided into those who will be eternally lost and
those who are destined to live forever with the King. Psalm 47 is read at the Rosh HaShanah
service seven times, God’s number. These Scriptures are read because it is a coronation song
for the King. Verse five speaks of two distinct Jewish elements of this Feast, kingship and
God raises them with a shout (blast), the Lord with the sound of the trumpet (Shofar). Psalm
47:5 Paul repeated this theme in 1 Thessalonians 4:16; “For the Lord, Himself will descend
from heaven, with a shout, with a voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet (Shofar) call of
God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”
The Marriage: Another Rosh HaShanah theme is the wedding, an event seen in the readings
of the Torah at this time, as the concept of the marriage ceremony taking place under the
clouds at Mt Sinai (The Chupah). They now hear the call of the Shofar to come and receive
the wedding ring and betroth themselves to their Husband forever.
The following scripture is read in Synagogues all over the World on the Shabbat just before
Rosh HaShanah. “That He may establish you today as a people to Himself, and that He may
be to you, God, as He said to you, and as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 29:13
Another song sung on Rosh HaShanah is Psalm 45. Verses 13-15 talk of the bridal Chupah or
chamber, virgins and the coming of the King. “..... all glorious is the Princess within her
chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. In embroidered garments she is led to the King,
her virgin companions follow her and are brought to you, they are led in with joy and
gladness, and they enter the palace of the King”. These words parallel the story in Matthew
25:1-13 about the Ten virgins waiting for the Bridegroom to come.
Psalm 47 with its Rosh HaShanah phrases of the trumpet and King ruling through His return,
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Psalm 27:5 the day of trouble - He will conceal me -. His
Tabernacle - His Tent - these themes are repeated in Matthew 24:40-41, John 14:1-2, 1
Thessalonians 5:9, Revelation 4:1-2, and many other places. All this leads to the
understanding that Rosh HaShanah could be our wedding day.
As the Feast of Trumpets occurs ten days before the Day of Atonement, there is time to
realise the need to repent, a time when baptisms take place - an outward expression of
repentance - and to put on special Shabbat clothes (Matthew 22:1-14).
A rehearsal takes place for the wedding on each Shabbat; a Jewish wedding song is sung
called “To you my Beloved,” it starts with the words; Come my friend to meet the Bride, let
us welcome the Shabbat (The Millennium).
Rosh HaShanah is the “Feast of Trumpets.” Paul wrote of this in his letters with the heralding
of the coming of the Messiah in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “... Listen, I tell you the mystery; we
will not all sleep, but we will be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
Shofar. For the Shofar will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be
Again in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven and with
a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the Shofar of God the dead in Messiah shall
rise first.” All these are statements that align with the Feast of Trumpets and the coming of
These days, known as the ‘Days of Awe’ are also known as the day of the Lord. When we
look through the Scriptures, we see that the day of the Lord will indeed be a day of awe!
(Isaiah 2:12 NKJV) For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and
lofty, upon everything lifted up; and it shall be brought low;
(Isaiah 13:6 NKJV) Wail, for the day of the Lord, is at hand! It will come as destruction from
(Ezekiel 13:5 NKJV) You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of
Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.
(Joel 1:15 NKJV) Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand. It shall come as
destruction from the Almighty.
(Joel 2:1 NKJV) Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all
the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand:
(Obadiah 1:15 NKJV) For the day of the Lord to come upon all the nations is near; as you
have done, it shall be done to you; your reprisal shall return upon your own head.
(Zephaniah 1:7 NKJV) Be silent in the presence of the Lord God; For the day of the Lord is
at hand, For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.
(1 Thessalonians 5:2 NKJV) For you, yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord
comes as a thief in the night.
(2 Peter 3:10 NKJV) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the
heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both
the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
As this is the only Feast where the people are told to Blow the Shofar, Trumpet, and confess
their sins in preparation to asking if their names are written in the Book of Life שהנ שהנ א יימ ,י
שמך כת וב בספר הח יים . May your name be written in the Book of Life for another year.