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Rosh HaShanah Signifies a Bursting Forth


The fall festivals are approaching, beginning with Rosh HaShanah, which we all know means “New Year” or “Beginning of the Year”. But wait a minute! The fall festivals are teeming with prophetic information, and the Hebrew word rosh also means “leader”. Listen to God speaking through His prophet Micah about a leader who will “break through”.

       I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob,
       I will surely gather the remnant of Israel.
       I will put them together like sheep in the fold;
       Like a flock in the midst of its pasture
       They will be noisy with men.
       The breaker goes up before them;
       They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.
       So their king goes on before them,
       And the Lord at their head.

The leader is certainly the Lord Yeshua and he is gathering his remnant for a future battle. Yeshua is the “breaker”, and he leads the remnant who “break out” of his sheep pen where he has gathered them.

We hear the repetition of “paratz”, which means to burst forth. However, with typical Hebraic artistry the word conveys a rich variety of meaning that offers a glimpse of where God is leading the remnant of His people.

First we see “paratz” used as new life bursting forth. Tamar was the wife of Judah who birthed twins. In an echo of the Esau and Jacob story, as the first twin was in the process of being born, we are told that he “drew back” and his twin brother was born first. The Hebrew text shouts forth, “How you have burst forth [“paratz”]! Because of you, a breach {“paratz”]. And he [Judah the father] called his name Peretz.

Then we must consider the account of Jacob when he was fleeing from his brother Esau. Jacob was on his way to Padan Aram when he stopped to sleep in the hill country of Israel. There he dreamed of a ladder with angels ascending and descending, and God was at the top of the ladder. Listen to the prophetic words that God spoke to Jacob.

Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out [“paratz”] to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Gen 26:14

Finally, we see how God’s army is going to “burst forth” through the ranks of the enemy. David spoke these prophetic words. “The Lord has broken through [“paratz”] my enemies before me like the breakthrough [“paratz”] of waters” (2 Sam 5:20). Our mind flashes to the parting of the Red Sea when all of God’s people broke away from the world to be with God in the wilderness. In both cases, with David and with Moses, God accomplished the defeat of His enemy, and His people “burst forth” into new life from the bondage of the world. I suggest that the Exodus account is pointing to the time that follows the Millennial Kingdom when God will bring all of His people into His presence. The Remnant will have accomplished their role during the preceding Millennial Kingdom.

Now, I know these suggestions are raising more questions in your mind than answers. Mazel tov! That is how we penetrate a deeper understanding of Scripture, which is teeming with prophetic information in the artistic nature of the biblical text. Our online 2-semester course, Ancient Methods of Searching the Scriptures, will begin August 21. For more information, and to register for the course, go to

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