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Shout in the New Year!

THE TERMS

Rosh Hashanah is a Hebrew term which means “head of the year.”

This year, on September 13th (at sundown), marks the Jewish New Year. Jewish tradition has tied this event together with the feast Yom Teruah, which is “the Day of Trumpeting” or we know it as the Feast of Trumpets. The term “teruah” literally means to make a loud noise, like when a person shouts out loud! We find the instructions for its observance in Leviticus 23:23-25.

Today, this event on the Jewish calendar is a mixture of both seriousness and celebration. Modern services include much of what you would expect from a new year’s occasion. Nevertheless, there is definitely a serious side to this biblical event.

THE AKEDAH

It’s on this day (the 1st of Tishri) that tradition tells us that Abraham took his only son Isaac up Mount Moriah to offer him before God (Gen. 22:1-18). This is the “akedah” or binding that is retold each year on this day for Yom Teruah.

THE PROPHETIC REALITY

This event of a Father offering up his only son, was prophetic of the offering up of Yeshua, God’s only Son. And it’s believed by large numbers of followers that it is on this day that the Son of the Father will come again, with the sound of the shofar. Think about it: Every synagogue will be blowing their shofars in their services when Yeshua returns. And this is the time in which though happy at the prospects of a sweet year, we remember that tonight marks the beginning of the 10 days of Awe. A time of reflection, and seriousness with God. But, this does not overshadow our joy because Messiah was offered up on our behalf. He took the punishment, He made us whole. He is the reason that we look forward to His coming with the sound of the shofar.

Yeshua said,

Matthew 24:30-31 CJB “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, all the tribes of the Land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory. (31) He will send out his angels with a great shofar; and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Rav Sha’ul also echoes this concept,

1 Corinthians 15:52 CJB (52) It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we too will be changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 CJB (16) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels, and with God’s shofar; those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise; (17) then we who are left still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord. (18) So encourage each other with these words.

With the coming of the Messiah growing closer and closer, this year let’s join with our brothers and sisters and SHOUT IN the new year!

May this next year be sweet for you and your families.

L’Shana Tovah – Have a sweet year,

– Rik