Some celebrate christ-mass, other celebrate the commanded feasts. Think about it like this.. If you’ve been living on a deserted island, without any contact with the world (no radio, no news, no internet, etc) but only your Bible.. which feasts will you be celebrating? So, let’s discuss the upcoming feasts.. the commanded ones! The ones Yeshua (Jesus) came to fulfill.
Some say it is just for the Jews, but they’re not reading correctly! It’s for Israel, the chosen people. Those obeying YHWH (God) are called Israel (which means, to overcome with El [God]).
But, if you still don’t fully grasp that, and want to see exactly who the Torah (commandments/
Exo 12:49 “There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”
If you still don’t believe it, let’s continue..
Lev 24:22 ‘You are to have one right-ruling, for the stranger and for the native, for I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”
YHWH shouldn’t have to repeat everything to us. If He said it once, it should be enough. Just the same with the “N.T”. Many say if it’s not in the NT, they won’t obey it. That is a bit ridiculous, as the NT refers to The Scriptures in so many places, and when it refers to The Scriptures, it actually refers to the “Old Testament” (Tanach) as the “New testament” haven’t been written yet.
Num 15:16 ‘One Torah and one right-ruling is for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.’ ”
Num 15:29 ‘For him who does whatever by mistake there is one Torah, both for him who is native among the children of Yisra’ĕl and for the stranger who sojourns in their midst.”
For those who do not take the “Old testament” (Tanakh) seriously though…
Rom 3:29 “Or is He the Elohim of the Yehuḏim (Jews) only, and not also of the gentiles? Yea, of the gentiles also, since it is one Elohim who shall declare right the circumcised by belief and the uncircumcised through belief. Do we then nullify the Torah through the belief? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah.”
Rom 2:11-16 “For there is no partiality with Elohim. For as many as sinned without Torah shall also perish without Torah, and as many as sinned in the Torah shall be judged by the Torah. For not the hearers of the Torah are righteous in the sight of Elohim, but the **doers of the law shall be declared right.** For when gentiles, who do not have the Torah, by nature do what is in the Torah, although not having the Torah, they are a Torah to themselves, who show the work of the Torah written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or even excusing, in the day when Elohim shall judge the secrets of men through יהושע (Y’shua) Messiah, according to my Good News.”
Now that you know the instructions/Torah/
—-The Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah
There are 2 calendars operating in Israel (the country):
a) The Biblical calendar with which we determine the Biblical festivals. According to the Biblical calendar, Pesah (Passover) is the beginning of the year. A new beginning through the cleansing of the Passover Lamb.
b) The second is the calendar from the Rabbinical viewpoint. According to them it is Rosh Hashanah, on the same day as the Feasts of Trumpets. Rosh Hashanah means New Year. We reject that calendar.
c) And then there’s the Gregorian calendar the rest of the world is using. As the Rabbinical one, this one too, should be rejected by Israel (the people). According to the Gregorian calendar, the feast will be in Sept/Oct.
—-The Feast of Trumpets / Yom Teruah
The very name excites a person. Imagine a festival where you hear trumpets being blown all the time! And that is exactly what it’s like, with the exception that these are not modern trumpets, but biblical ones made from ram’s horns. In Hebrew it is called shofars.
So what does Yom Teruah mean?
We read in Lev 23:24 “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a rest, a remembrance of Teruah, a set-apart gathering.”
“Yom” means “day” in Hebrew and Teruah is a loud awakening blast or the sound of the battle cry of an army of great shouts of joy, in other words, big noise. It is also the sound of the shofar being blown. Yom Teruah then is the day of the shofar blast.
According to tradition (which we’re not endorsing, just explaining), it is a 48 hour festival, because of it’s uncertain beginning. Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets is the only festival that falls on a new moon. So the thin crescent of the moon has to be spotted by 2 witnesses before the feast can officially begin. In older days it was uncertain on which day exactly it will be, therefore they chose to have this one day festival in a 48 hour period.
Psa 89:15 “Blessed are the people who know the festal trumpet-call (Teruah)! They walk, O יהוה, in the light of Your face.”
The shofar is an instrument of YHWH and when blown under the unction of the Ruach haKodesh (“Holy Spirit”), it releases great power in the spirit.
Let us think of the fall of Jericho in Judges 6: YHWH gave specific instructions which the Israelites followed and when they shouted the battle cry and blew the shofars, the massive walls came down. The sound that was released was a Teruah.
The same thing happened in Judges 7 when Giḏʽon’s small army of 300 had to fight the vast Miḏyanite and Amalĕqite armies who were as thick as locusts. Again YHWH gave Giḏʽon the strategy: surround the enemy camp, each carry a torch in a pitcher and a shofar. At the signal, break the pitcher so that the light can shine and shout and blow the shofars. The result was that YHWH sent so much confusion in the enemy camp, that they attacked one another and so the battle was won.
Where does the blowing of the Shofars come from?
Through the ages Gen 22:1, 18 or the “Binding of Yitsḥaq (Isaac)” is read in the synagogues all over the world on Yom Teruah.
It is the amazing story of where YHWH expects of Aḇraham to sacrifice his beloved son of the promise, whom he waited for so long and loved so dearly. And even more amazing that Aḇraham willingly obeys and also that Yitsḥaq (Isaac), by this time a grown man, does not fight back, but willingly offers himself! [And rightly so, because these were supposed to be prophetic actions for the Father to do the very same thing!]
But YHWH was only testing the hearts and at the last minute a Messenger of YHWH stopped him. There was a substitute, a ram in the thicket, which he then sacrificed instead of his son! The ram is also a shadow and type of our Substitute, Y’shua (Jesus), Who was sacrificed in our stead.
Now a horn speaks of victory and strength and if we blow on the horn of the substitute, the ram, we proclaim prophetically the victory and strength of the Substitute, Y’shua. Where was His great victory? The victory was on the stake (cross) and the awesome exchange that He brought for us. So when we blow on the horn of the substitute, the shofar, we declare His victory in our lives.
Joh 8:56 “Your father Aḇraham was glad that he should see My day, and he saw it and did rejoice.”
I believe this verse means that when Aḇraham looked up from the altar, YHWH granted him the ability to see in the spirit the fulfilment of his prophetic action, to see the day of Y’shua, the Substitute (in our stead), being sacrificed.
So Aḇraham called the place, which was Mount MoriYah, “יהוה Yireh”, which means, YHWH will provide. And He did! On the same mountain, Mount MoriYah, the temple of Shelomoh (Solomon) was built, where YHWH came down in His Skekhinah or “glorious” presence to be with His people and commune with them. (2 Chronicles 5) Later Y’shua was born – the ultimate Provision of YHWH for man and He was sacrificed / nailed to the stake (crucified) on that same mountain, to fulfil the picture.
On another mountain:
The SHOFAR was blown from out of the fire on Mount Sinai when YHWH spoke the 10 words (known as 10 commandments).
Exo 19:16-19 “And it came to be, on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain. And the sound of the ram’s horn was very loud, and all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Mosheh brought the people out of the camp to meet with Elohim, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. And Mount Sinai was in smoke, all of it, because יהוה (YHWH) descended upon it in fire. And its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and all the mountain trembled exceedingly. And when the blast of the shofar sounded long and became louder and louder, Mosheh spoke, and Elohim answered him by voice.”
We find another encouragement to blow the shofar or make a Teruah in this Feast of Trumpets in Ps 81:1, 3
Psa 81:1 “Shout for joy to Elohim our strength; Raise a shout to the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ.
Psa 81:3 “Blow the shofar at the time of the New Moon, At the full moon, on our festival”
What else can the Shofar do?
• We can use it to praise and worship YHWH (Ps 150:3)
• We can sound a wake-up call or a warning signal (Joel 1:1,12; Eph 5:14; Isa 58:1)
• We can use it as a watchman (Eze 33)
• To do spiritual warfare for the sould of men (2 Cor 4:4)
• We can came against strongholds (in people’s minds, like Islam) (Joshua 6)
• We can cause confusion in the camp of the enemy (Judges 7)
• It is blown at the coronation of a king. (1 Kings 1:39) and we will hear it at the coronation of Kind Y’shua.
• YHWH (God) Himself will blow the shofar in deliverance for Israel (His people – not a country) and He will shield them (Zech 9:14-16)
• The shofar will blow when Y’shua returns! We’d better know the sound! (1 Thes 4:16 and 1 Cor 15:52) This is also His appointed time – He will meet Israel (His Bride) soon on the Feast of Trumpets!
• When used with the guidance of the Ruach haKodesh (holy Spirit) and the Word as our plumb-line there will be many more reasons and ways to use it!
Click here to listen to the amazing sound of the Shofar. Turn up the volume!
The Beginning of the 10 Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim)
This is a traditional 10 day period of remorse, but a tradition that we can all only benefit from!
The 10 days of awe start on the Feast of Trumpets, on the 1st day of Tishri (the seventh biblical new moon/month) and goes on until the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) on the 10th of Tishri. This whole period is a time of intense soul-searching and remorse over sin. It is a shadow of the Time of Yaʽaqoḇ’s (who become Yisra’ĕl) trouble or the birth-pains of Messiah’s return. (1 Thess 5:1-3)
Historically the blowing of the shofars on this day calls the people’s attention to the Day of Atonement, when the High Priest would make atonement for the nation.
The resurrection day for the righteous dead.
One of the reasons for blowing the shofar is to proclaim the resurrection of the righteous dead.
1Co 15:52 “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the last shofar. For the shofar shall sound, and the dead (in Messiah) shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
1Th 4:16-17 “Because the Master Himself shall come down from heaven with a shout, with the voice of a chief messenger, and with the trumpet of Elohim, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first. Then we, the living who are left over, shall be caught away together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air – and so we shall always be with the Master.”
What more is there to say about that, but Amein, come Y’shua, come!
The story of Noah is also read in the synagogues during the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah. Yom Teruah points to the end of the age, so let us read Matt 24:30-42 which also refers to the time of Noah.
“And then the sign of the Son of Aḏam shall appear in the heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn, and they shall see the Son of Aḏam coming on the clouds of the heaven with power and much esteem. “And He shall send His messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
“And learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. “So you also, when you see all these, know that He is near, at the doors. “Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away until all this takes place. “The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.
“But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers of the heavens, but My Father only. “And as the days of Noaḥ, so also shall the coming of the Son of Aḏam be. “For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noaḥ entered into the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Aḏam be.
“Then two shall be in the field, the one is taken and the one is left. “Two shall be grinding at the mill, one is taken and one is left. “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Master is coming.“
The Wedding feast of the Lamb
Rev 19:6-9 “And I heard as the voice of a great crowd, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunders, saying, “Halleluyah, for יהוה Ěl Shaddai reigns! “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him praise, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife prepared herself.”
And to her it was given to be dressed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones.And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.”
The Bride is resurrected to go somewhere – to the wedding feast of the Lamb!
So who is the Bride?
A logical answer would be: the one who is closest to the heart of the Bridegroom, Israel (which means to overcome with El). And if she is close to His heart, she would know His heart! And anything He wishes would become her fondest desire, no matter how impossible it may seem. So we show our love not just by saying so, but by obeying Him. It is written in several places ‘if you love Me, guard My commands’. And because we are close to Him, we are able to hear His every whisper.
It would probably be more correct to speak about a Bridal Company, a called out community of Believers (Yisra’el) whose hearts are ever yearning for more of Him. And will He not give us this desire of our hearts? Does He not want to pour Himself out in us?
The King of the universe extends an invitation to us, to each one, to anyone of His redeemed community to have an intimate, special, love relationship with Him.
Here are but a few things He is saying to lure us into a love relationship with Him:
(the following Scriptures are paraphrased and adapted)
“How beautiful you are My darling! Oh how beautiful.
Arise My darling, My beautiful one, and come with Me,
Show Me your face, let Me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.
All beautiful you are My darling, there is no flaw in you” (Song of Songs)
“In My unfailing love I will lead and guide you” (Gen 15:13)
“I will show love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments” (Deut 5:10)
“If you follow My Torah, I will love and bless you” (Deut 7:12,13)
“I will keep My covenant of love” (Neh 9:32)
“My love endures forever” (2 Chron 5:13)
“My unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Me” (Ps 32:10)
“My love is so great, it reaches to the heavens” (Ps 57:10)
“I will forgive your sins and heal your diseases
I will redeem your life from the it
And crown you with love and compassion
I will satisfy your desires with good things
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Ps 103:3-5)
“I will keep you from falling and will present you before My glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 24)
“I have compassion on those who fear Me” (Ps 103:13)
“Whoever is wise, let him consider My great love” (Ps 107:43)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jer 31:31)
“I will keep my covenant of love with everyone who loves Me” (Dan 9:4)
“If you love Me, you will obey what I command (John 14:15) and My commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3b)
“I loved you and gave Myself up for you” (Eph 5:2)
“As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34) then I will come and take you to be with Me” (John 14:2,3)
“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be set-apart, without set-apartness no one will see Me” (Hebr 12:4)
“I will rescue you from every evil attack and will bring you safely to My heavenly kingdom”. (2 Tim 4:18)
And of course this is just a foretaste of all He is saying. There is so much more in His precious Word.
What response does this declaration of love evoke from the Bride?
“We will make it our goal to please You” ( 2 Cor 5:9) and “to love You and obey your commands” (Ex 20:6b)
“We will live lives worthy of the calling we have received: to be completely humble and gentle, to be patient, bearing with one another in love and to keep the unity of the Ruach (Spirit) through the bond of Shalom” (Eph 4:1-3)
“We will forgive one another just as You forgave us” (Eph 4:32)
“We will have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” (Eph 5:11)
“And we will put to death whatever belongs to our earthly / carnal nature” (Col 3:5)
“Though we have not seen You, we love You, and even though we do not see You now, we believe in You” (1 Pet 1:8)
“We will be Your called, chosen and faithful followers” (Rev 17:14) and “we will not forsake our first love” (Rev 2:4)
“We will not love our lives so much as to shrink from death” (Rev 2:11b)
“We will have Your heart for the lost” (1 Tim 2:4) and “for orphans and widows and the poor”.
“We will endeavour to love Your physical brothers, the Jews, like You do” (Matt 25:40)
“We will pray for the Shalom of the city where You will reign from” (Ps 122:6)
“We will pray and make intercession for all in authority and for the lost” (1 Tim 2:1)
“We will complete the work we have received in You” (Col 4:14)
And so there are many more promises we can make. You may want to make your own and proclaim them regularly. But remember, the key is love. We keep His commands out of Love for Him, and it shouldn’t be a burden. We are motivated by love. We are love sick.
So, how can we celebrate the Feast of Trumpets / Yom Teruah?
In the light of the above mentioned teaching, how can we celebrate Yom Teruah?
From the Scriptures we learn that the day is a Shabbat and that we have to blow the shofar and get together with other believers. That is definitely not too difficult! But we might want to incorporate the other themes as well. Not to keep tradition, but to think about the spiritual meaning of the set-apart day/s. Use your imagination and be creative.
For instance: you might want to major on the Bride idea this year and bring dances, worship and love songs to the Bridegroom and next year the Ruach (Spirit) might lead you differently.
Remember to blow the shofar a lot and pray as the Spirit leads you.
With love and Shalom
Chag Sameach Yom Teruah