Rosh HaShana

The profound biblical significance of Feast of Trumpets

As we enter into the season of biblical feasts, we can sense a change in the atmosphere, a solemness that has to do with understanding the profound significance of the feasts we are entering.

In the bible Rosh Ha-Shana is also called the feast of trumpets and this festival is a very special one both for God and for the nation of Israel.

When God gave His commandments and made His covenant with the people of Israel on Mt. Sinai, He sealed it with the sound of blasting trumpets. The trumpets signify the announcing of something to come or something established.

In Numbers 29:1, God speaks about the Feast of Trumpets, commanding: “On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets…”

The sound of the Shofar (trumpet) is mentioned other times in important moments in the Bible, either to commemorate, or to call the nation to action:

  • Giving of the Law (Exodus 19:16,19 and 20:18)
  • Bringing down the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:4-16)
  • David bringing the Arc of the Covenant back to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:15)
  • Praising God (Psalms 98:6)
  • Call to repentance (Joel 2:15)

Shofar in the New Testament:

  • Giving humbly, unannounced & unboastful (Matthew 6:2)
  • The voice of God like a trumpet (Revelation 1:10 and 4:1)

The Fulfilment of the Feast of Trumpets and its announcements:

  • The regathering of His people: “In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one. And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 27:12-13)
  • The coming of the Lord: “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[a] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:30-31)
  • The taking of the Church: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
  • The Last Trumpet & resurrection of the dead: “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

These are amazingly powerful promises and prophecies we find ourselves living in. The changes and challenges this year brought, only emphasise just how near those times are.

In just a few weeks, on the eve of Rosh Ha-Shana, as the people of Israel gather together to blast their Shofars, we will be celebrating God’s eternal covenants and promises, while proclaiming the Lord’s imminent return.

Blessing Families for the Jewish Holidays

The Jewish festivals are all about bringing families together and remembering God’s goodness as they share a festive meal together. This year it will be impossible to have large gatherings and Rosh Ha-Shana feasts due to the restrictions, and it is also why many families will be left with no means during this holiday.

We want to change that! It is our God-given responsibility to ensure no family is left without food during these holidays.

Especially those who have just recently come to Israel and these will be the first jewish festivals they will experience in the land. We can ensure they experience God’s loving hand during this time.

Isaiah 51:11
“Those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

Our focus during the holidays; Rosh Ha-Shana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is to show families that have returned to Israel the true significance of these festivals, to reveal God’s message, love and kindness behind what we celebrate, and why we are helping them.

Would you help us bring them joy, as it is written in Isaiah 51:11?

A holiday care package filled with food supplies to help a family through the holidays can mean as little as $20 for you, but it will mean a family can celebrate Rosh Ha-Shana with dignity.

A gift of $200 can help feed 10 families, while a gift of $1000 can help feed 50 families!

Whatever you feel compelled to give, we are so grateful for your generous heart, for your loving prayers and the care you show the people of Israel through your support of the work God has commissioned us.