Feast of Trumpets
©Amiel Intrater, September 22, 2006
The Jewish holiday that is coming up has two names. The biblical name is Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and the traditional Jewish name is Rosh Hashanah, which means New Year.
According to the Bible, there are not many commandments required on the Feast of Trumpets, with the exception of blowing the shofar (Leviticus 23:23). A shofar is a ram's horn that is used as a trumpet. According to Jewish tradition, there are three ways to blow the shofar. One is called tekiah, which is a long single blow. The second is shevarim, which is a series of three medium sounds, and the third is teruah, which is a series of short sounds together. This is why, when you pass any synagogue in the next few days, you will hear the shofars.
Blowing a shofar in the Bible is a sign of either warning or announcing. In ancient times the shofar was used to warn the people of war if any enemy was approaching. On the spiritual side it is a warning that we need to repent before God because we have all sinned. The shofar was also used to announce an event to the public. The shofar announced many events, but the most important one was the coming of a king.
The final fulfillment of Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) is found in the book of Revelation with the seven angels blowing seven shofars. The message of the seven trumpets is to warn the world of the tribulations to come in the end times, and to announce that Yeshua (Jesus) is returning to earth soon to take his place as Messiah and King of the world. It is important for everyone to get ready for the second coming of Yeshua.
According to tradition, this Holiday is also called Rosh Hashanah or the New Year. There are several customs that are meant to wish someone a good year. For example, eating apples with honey symbolizes wishing people a sweet year.
According to tradition, Rosh Hashanah is also called Yom Hadin (Judgment Day), when God decides what will happen to us in the New Year. Supposedly, we will have a good year or a bad year according our deeds in the past year, whether good or bad. In the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, the idea of Judgment Day is not from year to year, but rather for eternity.
Everyone needs to give an account before God on Judgment Day and will receive either eternal reward or eternal punishment. This is an important subject, because we have all sinned. For this reason Jesus came to die on the cross to give us forgiveness for sins, so that we won't receive eternal punishment, but rather eternal blessings.