What is the Most discussed Feast of YHVH in scripture? According to Michael Rood it is the Feast of Trumpets! Yom Teruah! Why is this special? What does all this have to do with me, today?
I have often sung in the chorus for Handel’s Messiah. One of my favorite pieces in this magnificent work is when the orchestra starts with trumpets. Then we hear sung the words “The Trumpet shall sound! And the Dead Shall Be Raised, Incorruptible!” (1 Cor 15:52) It always gave me goose-bumps, and it is even more significant to me now that I know what this verse is talking about!
Yom Teruah! The ‘day no man knows’ because it is the only Biblical Feast of our LORD (see Leviticus 23) that occurs on the first day of a new month. The ‘day no man knows’ is Hebrew idiom for Yom Teruah. Why? It is because the beginning of each month is based solely upon the arrival of the re-newed moon, the Rosh Chodesh, or first sliver of the ‘new’ moon. The first of the month is not declared until it is sighted, so we abide by His revelation of His calendar, not on our own reckoning of time.1 When asked about what His return would be like, this is what Yeshua said:
Mat 24:37 “And as the days of Noah, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam (Yeshua) be.
Mat 24:38 “For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be.
Mat 24:40 “Then two shall be in the field, the one is taken and the one is left.
Mat 24:41 “Two shall be grinding at the mill, one is taken and one is left.
Mat 24:42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Master is coming.
Those who follow the Feasts of YHVH drop everything when the first day of the seventh month is declared by the sighting of the moon. It declares a Feast Day Sabbath!
All the believers are ready for the news by preparing for this event in the days leading up to Yom Teruah. The days in the sixth month are used to make preparation for the new moon sighting that heralds Yom Teruah.
Everyone makes sure that their garments are clean, just as Moses asked the Israelites to get their linen garments fresh and white and laid out to prepare for the handing down the Ten Commandments. Like a bride awaiting her husband!
This has spiritual significance as well, as we are to get ourselves prepared leading up to Yom Kippur on the 10th of the 7th month. (see YOM KIPPUR)
Why the Seventh Month? Is that significant? Seven in Biblical symbolism means: Perfection or Completeness.2 What does it foreshadow, and what does it commemorate?
Yom Teruah is to commemorate the handing down of the Ten Commandments, and is also a shadow picture of when the groom comes for his bride. The Ten Commandments were actually handed to Moses on the Feast Day of Shavuot (Spring feast, also known as Pentecost).
We were commanded to observe the first day of the seventh month with a Feast of Blowing the Trumpet. It relates to the Ten Commandments because that is how the Israelites were brought to attention at Mt. Sinai!
The number ten means law, government and restoration. So, Yom Teruah commemorates the perfect and complete establishment of YHVH’s law and government, and foreshadows the restoration of His law and government when He returns!
How exciting is that?! It is a good reason to shout, sing, praise and blow the Shofar! HalleluYah!