“Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest to you, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no regular work, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.” Leviticus 23:24-25
“In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no regular work: it is a day of blowing of trumpets to you. You shall offer a burnt offering for a pleasant aroma to Yahweh: one young bull, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without defect; and their meal offering, fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths for the bull, two tenths for the ram, and one tenth for every lamb of the seven lambs; and one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you; besides the burnt offering of the new moon, and its meal offering, and the continual burnt offering and its meal offering, and their drink offerings, according to their ordinance, for a pleasant aroma, an offering made by fire to Yahweh.” Numbers 29:1-6
The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) or Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year) is the first of the three Fall Feast. It can be hard to know when this Feast starts if your calendar is based on the sighting of the first sliver of the moon because this Feast falls on the first day of the month. If you base your calendar on the conjunction, then it can be determined in advance easily. We look up to our big brother Judah in regards to the calendar and celebrate the Feast at the same time as them.
Even though it’s in the seventh Biblical month, it is considered the Jewish New Year because it is the first month of the civil year. This is the only Feast Day that YHWH did not name. It is referred to as Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar) which is why it has become known as the Day of Trumpets. We are told to blow the shofar as a memorial in Leviticus 23. However, we are not told what the blowing is a memorial of. This Feast Day along with the following Feast known as The Day of Atonement are considered the two most holy days of the Jewish year. The previous month is known as Elul, and while it’s not a Feast Day, it starts a 40 day season known as Teshuvah or repentance in preparation for the Day of Atonement. The ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and Atonement are called the Days of Awe and are a time of inward spiritual growth.
In Biblical times, just like today, the Feast of Trumpets is celebrated for two days by the Jewish people. According to Talmudic tradition, this was started during the time of the prophets. The reasoning behind this is because, as I mentioned above, it is hard to determine the exact day of this Feast since it falls at the beginning of a month.
Messianic and Prophetic Significance
The blowing of trumpets is a sign of the return of Y’shua. This leads many people to speculate that it will also be fulfilled by His second coming. According to tradition, this day is also a memorial of YHWH’s grace to Abraham when He provided a substitute sacrifice after YHWH commanded him to sacrifice Isaac. Isaac is a foreshadowing of the Messiah, and just as Abraham offered his son, YHWH did the same with Y’shua.
Ideas to Celebrate Tabernacles
Use the time of repentance leading up to these Fall Feast to make amends with anyone who you may have wronged the past year or anyone who may have wronged you.
The shofar is used to alert and awaken people of an important event. At sunset, blow your shofar, trumpet, or any other instrument that makes a loud noise. Alert those around you by making a loud noise with your shofar.
HAVE A FEAST
Enjoy the day by having a feast with friends and family. If you have a congregation that you fellowship with this is a great opportunity to get together with them and grill out or roast hot dogs on a bonfire.