About The Feast Of Trumpets

By Matthew Sanders


The Jewish people have many ancient 'feasts' in their calendar. Seven of these special sabbaths (days of rest and observance) were ordained by God. The Feast of Trumpets (a biblical term for Rosh Hashanah) is an autumn, two-day festival that occurs in the seventh month and is the start of the Jewish New Year.

The day is not a joyous festival but one of solemn import. It was to be announced by the blowing of horns, both the shofar or ram's horn and the silver horns used by the temple priests. It is also a time of general noise, the sound of horns joined by shouting, according to psalms.

A national call for repentance paves the way for the next sabbath, the Day of Atonement. On this day when the Tabernacle and later the Temple existed, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctuary. This was the only day of the year that even he could enter this inner room. The people, having prepared with repentance and bringing sacrifices and sin offerings, would be cleansed of their sins committed during the previous year.

The tumult of this feast mirrors the events of war, when the people would be in fear of their lives because the enemy was outside the walls. In the scriptures, the 'watchmen' are urged to stay awake and watch, for the danger is imminent. This sabbath calls the people to repent of their sins, because they are in great spiritual danger.

The Bible tells us that 'the wages of sin is death'. The Christian Old Testament is the Jewish Torah; both books set out ritual sacrifice to cleanse people of sin. The New Testament tells Christians that the death of Jesus was a final, complete sacrifice that paid for the sins of the whole world. Those who believe and accept that sacrifice with true repentance will find eternal life.

This important feast is still observed by Jews. It is also recognized by Christians as a prophetic event foreshadowing the days of fear and turmoil before the second coming of Christ. His appearance signals the beginning of His earthly kingdom, since He will come as a conquering king this time. The Bible says that His arrival will be signaled by the sound of a trumpet.

The Day of Atonement, which occurs later in the same month, foreshadows the final Judgement Day, when all mankind will stand before the throne of God and find out the eternal destiny that awaits. This fearful, fateful day is appropriately preceded by a call to awe and repentance. The feasts are seen as important days on which events will take place during the 'end times'.

Many Christians value the Jewish roots of their faith and recognize that the ancient feasts have significance. The special days coincide with the phases of the moon, and the Bible says that significant events are often signaled by 'signs' in the heavens. Reading about the ceremonial observances of Old Testament times gives believers of today an understanding of laws that made up the old covenant and more appreciation for the promises of the new.




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