Amir’s brief commentary on the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah), which will be observed by Jews worldwide beginning Sunday evening.
Rosh Hashanah is “The head of the year” – namely, the beginning of the Jewish New Year. However, biblically, the feast that we are told to be celebrating has absolutely nothing to do with the beginning of the year as it was the first day of the seventh month:
“…Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord…’” (Leviticus 23:23-25)
There are many traditions as for why the Feast of Trumpets is now the head of the year, but none of them is biblical whatsoever.
However, the trumpets element of this unique feast is extremely important. The Bible tells us that God ordered Moses to make two silver trumpets. These trumpets were formed in order to direct the camp in its journey from Mt. Sinai towards the Promised Land, as well as the calling for the attention of the people.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps. When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. But if they blow only one, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you. 5When you sound the advance, the camps that lie on the east side shall then begin their journey. When you sound the advance the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall begin their journey; they shall sound the call for them to begin their journeys. And when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but not sound the advance. The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations.” (Numbers 10:1-8)
Since 1948, for the first time in modern history, the nation of Israel and the Church exist at the same time. I believe that God is using both of them as the two silver trumpets, calling for the attention of the world and preparing those that are willing to repent to get ready for their journey to the real Promised Land – the presence of the Lord!
Are you a trumpet? Are you living like one? Do people see in you the need for them to change?
“….For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?…” (1 Corinthians 14:8)
We need to be ready for our imminent journey to our Promised Land. It is very brief but immensely longed for. It’s the Rapture. Indeed, the trumpets are sounding! Do you hear them?
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed….” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)