“Rosh Hashana: Leviticus 23:24-25 – Rosh Hashana… literally means ‘head of the year’… and goes by many names, each one conveying a different aspect of this Divine Appointment. Rosh Hashana is scripturally known as Yom Teruah which means ‘Day of Blowing’ and is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This is the only feast day when the shofar is blown during the service 100 times. The shofars are blown in a set pattern of three different sounds, blown three times each for a total of nine blasts. This series of patterns is repeated eleven times for a total of ninety-nine blasts. The one-hundredth blast is set apart and is known as the ‘Last Trump.’ Therefore, Rosh Hashana is also known as the Feast of Trumpets. Rosh Hashana is also known as ‘The Time of Jacob’s Trouble’ as referenced in Jer 30:6-7 and Zeph 1:14-16. It is also known as ‘The Day of the Awakening Blast’ as referenced in Isa 26:19 and 1 Thess 4:16,17. Rosh Hashana is also known as the ‘Opening of the Books’ as in Daniel 7:10. It is taught in Judaism that it is on this day the Heavenly court is in session every year. This begins what is known as the ‘Ten Days of Awe.’ The Days of Awe lead up to Yom Kippur when the books are closed and the final judgment is meted out. God opens the books and reads the account of every individual for the previous year and they have ten days to repent before their sentence is announced and the books are closed on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashana occurs on the first and second days of the month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashana lasts for two days, but it is referred to as one long day. It is customary to eat apples dipped in honey to symbolize a wish for a good and sweet year. It is also common to eat round challah to symbolize a crown that reflects our coronating God as the King of the world. It is customary to greet others by saying ‘L’shanah tovah’ meaning ‘for a good year.’ This is a shorter version of ‘L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem,’ which means ‘May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.'”
I know what you are thinking. The other names for Rosh Hashana make me a little queasy. At the sound of the last trumpet we meet Him in the air. And I know you are saying ‘But, doesn’t the Bible say no one knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return? And that He comes like a thief in the night? And how terribly romantic and adventurous that would be to come and kidnap His bride in the middle of the night? (Queue terribly romantic and adventurous soundtrack music)
Just consider the whole thought: “Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 ESV)
My Bible tells me that since I am a Child of Light, the issue isn’t knowing or not knowing. The issue is surprise. I shouldn’t be surprised by what will be fulfilled on the Feast of Trumpets. Children of darkness will be overtaken and will not escape, but not us. If Jesus fulfilled the spring and summer feasts to the day, don’t you think He will fulfill the fall feasts to the day as well? The reason no one knows the day or hour is because when Jesus said these things, the Jewish people were still dispersed all over the world. They only knew when the new year began because it was first declared by two witnesses in the Temple. Then, that declaration had to travel miles and miles (via mountaintop torches) to all the Jews in the diaspora. This normally took a couple of days, and so therefore no one really knew the day or hour the new year actually began. Rosh Hashana. Feast of Trumpets. The Day of the Awakening Blast.
We truly live in exciting times. And we were made for such a time as this. Your children are the best of you and your husband’s bloodlines. God appointed us for these times because He knew we would be the ones to carry His glory into the dark night. And stand firm when His glory shakes the earth.
Enjoy your apples and honey and walk in the inscription on your heart (The Name Above All Names) and in the seal of the King of Kings!