Yom Hakeseh – The Hidden Day

Yom Hakeseh – The Hidden Day

Another idiom for the Feast of Trumpets is Yom HaKeseh – the Hidden Day.

Of all the feasts, Yom Teruah is the most mysterious one. There are few scriptures about it. The primary reference is Leviticus 23:23-25:

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the Lord.”

new-moon-march-2014Yom HaKeseh, meaning “The Day of the Hiding” or “the Hidden Day.” It is the feast that is concealed as to when it starts. It can only start when the moon begins to reflect again. The New Moon of Tishrei is neither announced nor blessed in the synagogue. The term keseh or keceh is derived from the Hebrew root kacah, which means to “conceal, cover, or hide.” Every day during the month of Elul, a trumpet is blown to warn the people to turn back to G-d, except for the last day of Elul, the day preceding Rosh HaShanah (Elul 29 is known as the “Day of Release” at the end of a Shemita year.) On that day, the trumpet is not blown, because it was hidden from Satan, the adversary. It is taught that the Shofar does not blow on this day so that Satan does not know the day judgment begins.

5341428_GRosh HaShanah is concealed and shrouded in mystery. On this year (2015 or the first day of the Jewish New Year 5776), not only will the moon be hidden but the sun will also be hidden (partial solar eclipse on Sept. 13). The mystical aspect of Rosh HaShanah is indicated in Scripture: “Sound the shofar on the New Moon, in concealment of the day of our festival” (Psalm 81:3). The hiddenness of the day also goes along with what Jesus said in Matthew 24 “no man knows the day nor the hour.”

Psalm 27:5 reminds us:

“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.”

Another theme for Yom Teruah! Just a few more days and a few more idioms.

The Feast of Trumpets is the Day of the Opening of the Gates!



The opening days of Tishrei are known as “The Days of Awe” or “The Awesome Days.” Going from the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur); there are ten days. The Jewish teachers say, when the Shofar is blown on the Feast of Trumpets, the Gate of Heaven is opened. During this time you pray your prayers, repent, call on the Lord, or cry to the Lord. You have ten days for God to give you a good decision. On the tenth day (The Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur) God seals the fate of every person.

In other words, when the Gates of Heaven are opened; a person can repent before God and have their name inscribed in the Book of Life. When this time has concluded, on Yom Kippur, their fate is sealed by God.

Once the Feast of Trumpets was concluded, then the High Priest would go into a chamber in the Temple for seven days. He was to prepare before entering the Holy of Holies. He was away from the people. He was hidden until the Day of Atonement when he would come out and perform the Yom Kippur ceremony determining whether Israel had been forgiven of sin or whether Israel would suffer judgment.

Another picture of the church’ who will be taken away or hidden from God’s wrath. The priest was hidden in a secret chamber in the Temple. The church will be hidden away in the Heavenly Temple.

lambs_book_1During the Opening of the Gates, the people would also decide if they were going to serve God or not. It is a time to decide whether or not one wants their name inscribed in God’s book. Thus the greeting of Rosh Hashanah, ““Leshana tovah tikatev v’tichatem” which means, ““May you be written and sealed for a good year.” The patterns and themes of this day are mind boggling!  How many more ways can God say it?

During the Days of Awe, the doors of heaven are opened. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the decision is made. After the Great Trumpet blast of Yom Kippur, the gates are closed.

In Rev. 4:1, the door was open, and John was caught up. The door is then closed as God comes out to judge the world. We go through this door – into heaven until the indignation is past but only if we have made a good decision.

Oh September

1. September 1 – Today begins National Preparedness Month (according to ready.gov)

Weekly focused themes

  • Week 1:  September 1-5th            Flood
  • Week 2:  September 6-12th          Wildfire
  • Week 3:  September 13-19th        Hurricane
  • Week 4:  September 20-26th        Power Outage
  • Week 5:  September 27-30th        Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th 


So much is happening right now in terms of Prophecy and Last Days, I thought it would be good to provide articles and links that pertain to these times. As we continue to discover the idioms of Yom Teruah, let us also consider the headlines.

Rabbi Receives Heavenly Message in the Cave of Elijah the Prophet

Check this out! Released two weeks after the Iran deal announced.

‘Israel Must Be Obliterated’: New Iranian Video Imagines Muslim Invasion of Jerusalem

Quoting the Middle East terrorism research organization the Investigative Project, the Algemeiner reported that the video was released two weeks after the Iran nuclear deal was announced.

The pan Islamic military alliance in the Iranian video sets its sight on Jerusalem's Temple Mount. (Image source: YouTube)

The video showed the fighters preparing for battle with their gear, headbands, shoes and weapons, then descending on Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly pointed to Iran’s continued sponsorship of international terrorist groups including Hezbollah and to its dedication to destroying Israel as two reasons he believes the deal is dangerous for Israel.

One of the fighters seen in the video wore a balaclava typical of terrorists and executioners. (Image source: YouTube)

The Algemeiner detailed the lineup of fighters portrayed in the video which, according to the Investigative Project, was produced by the Islamic Revolution Design House: “One dons the IRGC [Revolutionary Guards] insignia on his left arm, another the emblem of the Iran-backed Iraqi Shia Badr Organization. Yet a third dons a headband bearing the Lebanese Hezbollah logo, and a fourth is seen clad in Hamas’ characteristic balaclava and the Qassam Brigades green headband.”

The animated video shows the soldiers approaching Jerusalem, with the iconic yellow dome of the Dome of the Rock situated on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and third-holiest site in Islam.

Later in the video, a wider shot is presented, showing dozens of fighters on a hilltop across from the holy city.

At the end, Persian script appears saying “Israel must be obliterated,” or literally, “erased from the annals of history … and the youth will definitely see that day when it comes,” the Algemeiner noted.

The imagined invasion involves hundreds of Iranian-backed soldiers. (Image source: YouTube)

It’s not only the “Islamic Revolution Design House” that favors destroying Israel. The same sentiment has been expressed recently by Iran’s supreme leader.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday asserted his support for those who fight Israel, tweeting:

In a speech following the nuclear agreement, Khamenei praised Iranian demonstrators who in July chanted “death to Israel” and “death to the U.S.” during protests marking the pro-Palestinian Al Quds Day commemoration.

Ha Melech – The King Enthroned

HaMelech – Coronation Day of the Messiah (another aspect of the Feast of Trumpets)

Many of the themes of the Feast of Trumpets will of course intertwine but for the most part we will look at the Feast of Trumpets as the Coronation Day of the Messiah.  The King is enthroned on the Feast of Trumpets and at the time of the Shemita year the people are gathered to hear the King read the Torah. The shofar is of course sounded on this day and the sound of the shofar wakes up the soul; basically it shakes the soul to wake us up.
Neh. 8:1 Happened on the Feast of Trumpets.
8 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites,[a] helped the people to understand the Law, while the people remained in their places. 8 They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly,[b] and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
There is something to consider here: The first is all the people gathered.  At Passover, when the fire fell from heaven, allMt.-Sinai are gathered as one.  On the day of Pentecost, when the HS fell like fire, the people were gathered as one. At the dedication of the Temple when the Shekinah of God filled the place, the people were gathered as one. Amazing outpourings of the Holy Spirit happen when the people are gathered as people of the Lord – God sends His presence.
This happening in Nehemiah takes place 1000 years after the time of Moses.  Not everyone had access to the Torah scroll so they could not just read it whenever they felt like it. The people had been scattered and exiled; for many this was likely the first time they had ever head the Torah read! It was a great day when the joy of the Lord became their strength. They were not a forsaken people nor are we because where God’s people are gathered is where God’s presence is. At the Feast of Trumpets, the people of God gather.  They gather for the Day of Release (the end of the Shemita year) and they gather for Yom Teruah (the beginning of the Jubilee).

Lets read where the Feasts of the Lord were instituted in Leviticus 23:1 it says, “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts.” The feasts are like God’s time manager and these appointed times are established by the Lord as times He is going to intersect with human history. These feasts are “appointed feasts of the Lord”; in fact, God says, “they are my appointed feasts.” They are not Jewish feasts or feasts of Israel. They ARE the feasts of the LORD; therefore, if you belong to the Lord they are your feasts as well.

Leviticus 23:23-24 is where we find God instituting the Feast of Trumpets, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.'” The Hebrew word YOM means DAY; TERUAH means BLOW; and SHOFAR means TRUMPETS; therefore, Yom Teruah is The Day of Blowing the Shofars.

God told the people, when you blow the shofar, I will remember you.
Numbers. 29:1
29 “On the first day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work. It is a day for you to blow the trumpets,
MIKRAH means CONVOCATION: this is not just an assembly but also a proclamation, a calling. Convocation is also a dress rehearsal for the prophetic fulfillment of the feast. So the Feast of Trumpets is the dress rehearsal of the coming King and on these feast days the rehearsal isn’t just happening on earth but also in heaven.  Everything in God’s Kingdom is ordained and the words of the Lord’s Prayer “on earth as it is in heaven” take on even more meaning.  So in heaven on the Feast of Trumpets they are also doing a dress rehearsal for the Coronation of the King as God’s people are rehearsing on earth. Those who are a part of God’s Kingdom on earth are the harmonic resonance of what’s going on in heaven.  We are the echo of heaven! Can you imagine on that day when it happens?  We will be celebrating and rehearsing and be translated into the real thing. It will be an easy transition for those on God’s time.

Yom Teruah also means an acclamation of JOY and a battle cry and an alarm and shouting.  So if you don’t have a shofar, you can just shout.  Isaiah tells us to lift up our voice as a shofar.  You can become a living shofar; shouting your praise to the King. The King is given dominion over all the earth – every person, nation, and tongue. All will be to the King and His Kingdom!

Daniel 7:13-14
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” This is what we celebrate on the Feast of Trumpets. John saw the same thing in Rev. 7:9-12,”After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Now look at Daniel 9:24-26,“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.”

Seven weeks then 62 weeks and these are weeks of years. So the first 7 weeks is 7 cycles of 7 years or 7 X 7= 49 years and then we have 62 cycles of 7 years or 7 X 62= 434 years.  The Jews knew when the Messiah would come.  They knew when to expect Him. This is the reason Simeon and Anna were looking for the Messiah and the redemption of Israel. The Magi knew this as well and began to look for a star. They were well versed in the Holy Writings of Israel.

Then the Messiah is cut off and that leaves 1 week left of the 70 weeks.  69 weeks have come and gone.
Do you notice something? The weeks are Shemita cycles.  When we talked about Jeremiah, we realized the exile was a result of not keeping the Shemitas. The Shemita is one week or 7 years.  Even American bankruptcy law follows this cycle because one can file every 7 years.  Remember the economic resets of the last two Shemita cycles in 2001 and 2008.  Last September (2014), we began a Shemita year which means the land rests and debts are forgiven. Shemita can also mean “let it fall” and we can see an economic reset. Shemita also means “to shake” and in the past we have seen nations shake according to the Shemita. September (2015) ends another Shemita cycle.  The Shemita year is when nations fall, economies fall, governments fall; as well as, a time of shaking. This is not to say that is what will happen on Elul 29 (the day of release) – September 13; however, this is not to say that it will not.

Sizzling-Summer-Shalom-Torah-Fire-SwordBack to the one week of Daniel’s 70 weeks; known as the Tribulation. It seems that everything Daniel talks about is in a 7 year Shemita cycle.  Given what we have seen so far concerning God’s calendar, it stands to reason that most likely the 7 year Tribulation is a Shemita cycle.  It stands to reason that the first year of the Tribulation would be the 1st year of a new Shemita cycle.  There is also a tradition among the Jewish sages that the Messiah will come during the year of Jubilee at the beginning of a new Shemita cycle.  (Who knows – God can do anything – just FYI).

Daniel 9:27 seems to be a Shemita cycle, “And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” Matthew 24:15-22 also seems to be a Shemita cycle, “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”

Often, those who do not believe in an End Time event use Daniel’s prophecy about the Desolator.  Daniel writes in 400 BC and in 168 BC Hanukkah happens. In a nutshell, Hanukkah is the dedication of lights and an excellent blueprint for living in the end times. The story of Hanukkah is a whole other post but suffice it to say that 100 years after Hanukkah Josephus (a Jewish Historian) says that Hanukkah was the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy.  But Hebrew though is circular not liner.  So if one thing happens, it can happen again.  We all know that history repeats itself and the one thing we learn from history is that we never learn from history.  So in 70 AD when the Temple was being destroyed, the Jews of the time thought, “we are doomed and this is the prophecy in Daniel being fulfilled” and they ran for the hills.  Just like the Jews did 200 years before at Hanukkah.  Matthew 24 is obviously after Hanukkah and Jesus spoke about the “abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel” and it is a prophecy for the future. While we see this desolate time for the Jews happen again and again throughout history, it seems to gather intensity each time.  So Hanukkah, the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, and other horrible times seem to be like dress rehearsals for the Antichrist.

The Antichrist will not be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Feast of Trumpets is the coronation of the Messiah as King. Jewish tradition holds that Tishri 1 is  the day to enthrone the King.  It is Coronation day; as well as, the Feast of Trumpets.

There are 4 parts to the enthronement ceremony:
1. The giving of the decree. Psalm 2:6-7 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” A reference to Gen. 49:10, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”

2. The Acclamation. I Kings 1:34, “And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet there anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’”
2 Kings 11:12, “Then he brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony. And they proclaimed him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!”
3. The Taking of the Throne (Ceremony of Enthronement). I Kings 1:39, 45-46, “There Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!”
45 “And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon, and they have gone up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the noise that you have heard. Solomon sits on the royal throne.”
Revelation 4:1-11, “After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

4. Pledge of Allegiance From the Subjects. Ps. 50:4-5, “He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

Again we see the gathering of the people and that’s what the Feast of Trumpets is about.  It’s gathering the people.  That’s what happens in the Shemita, in the Jubilee, and in the times we see God coming down to pour out His Glory.  It is the time when we will gather to hear Jesus the Messiah read the Torah.

Psalm 47 is the coronation Psalm and this will happen on the Feast of Trumpets:

The Decree v. 1-4:
Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

The Acclamation v. 5-7:
God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!

Taking the Throne v. 8:

God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.

The Pledge of Allegiance v. 9:

The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted!


1 Thessalonians 4:16 quotes this Psalm, “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.”

How beautiful are these patterns we see in the Feast of Trumpets?!

Sound of the Shofar

maxresdefault-1Yom Teruah is better known as Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets or the Day of the Shofar sounding.  Biblically, Yom Teruah is never called Rosh Hashanah. It is always known as the Day of Blowing Shofars. Yom is the Hebrew word for day and Teruah is the Hebrew word for shout or blast of war, warning, or joy. The word shofar comes from a root meaning beauty but shofar is also literally translated as a sense of incising. Incising means to cut or burn into; as such, the sound of the shofar was more than a horn blast to the ancient Hebrews. It was a cutting or burning into the heart and soul of the people. A shofar is an instrument that prepares the people for meeting God. The Rabbis said the shofar foreshadows the jubilant proclamation of freedom when the Jewish people will return home to Israel. It will be the sound of the end of their exile. In that sense, it is the sound of the end and the beginning.

In fact, Yom Teruah is not the beginning of the year but an ending. The sound of the shofar signals something coming to a close. At Yom Teruah, it signals the Sabbath month that mirrors the Sabbath day which closes the week. During Yom Kippur, the shofar signals the closing up of all the sins committed the previous year. It also signals the closing of the books. The shofar at the Feast of Tabernacles heralds the final harvest or ingathering. It is the signal of coming home.  All the Latter Feasts are related to the Latter days.

Sounding the trumpet (shofar) has the ability to stir the heart to repentance. It calls us to return to God. Many Christians forget that the Old Testament is just as important as the New Testament.  Prophecy makes this truth abundantly clear. In terms of the shofar, how do we know it is a sound that calls us to God or stirs us to repentance? Answering this question requires us to return to the Garden of Eden.

adam_eve230212_02After Adam and Eve sinned, we find that, “they heard the voice (Hebrew word “kol”) of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of God among the trees of the garden.” (Gen. 3:8) How does a “voice” go walking? This particular Hebrew word for sound or voice, kol, echoes with another kol, the sound of the shofar. In Exodus 19:16 we read, “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders (kol) and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice (kol) of the shofar exceeding loud; so that all the people in the camp trembled.” The kol of Sinai is the same kol that walked in the garden and asked the question, “Where are you?”

“Where are you?” is not God asking for a GPS location. It is God asking “where are you?” spiritually or where are you directing you heart? The Day of Blowing the Shofar is the day God’s people hear the shofar (kol). The shofar is the voice that walks. It is the sound that comes seeking the state of our soul – the soul of the Beloved. During the season of Teshuva, the shofar (kol) is the voice that walks to His beloved and asks, “Where are you?”

When we look at the shofar in scripture, we learn it’s significance and meaning. One of the first things we discover is that it is a signal of the presence of God(2 Sam. 6:15). The supernatural sound of the shofar was the sound of the presence of God – the sound of God coming down to his people from his Holy mountain.  It was so loud the people trembled.  In the Last Days, it will be the same God coming down. 2 Sam. 6:15
“So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.” The ark was where the presence of God rested.  It was the sound of God coming to his rest.  God in his glory was coming to his house. When we hear the shofar two responses should result, one is that we tremble in the presence of God and two that we draw near to Him ( Exodus 20:18-21; Lev. 25:8-10).

Sounding the shofar is to bring about the will of God. The shofar is able to break down walls. Joshua 6:5 says:
“And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”


At Jericho, they blew the shofar and the people shout. Blowing the shofar and shouting are the same Hebrew word. The shofar was the sound of entering the promised land. It was the sound of crashing walls. It signaled the end of one nation and the beginning of another.

The blowing of the shofar signals the closing of the Harvest and the closing of our sin.  When the shofar is sounded in Jerusalem, it told the people – “the time has come for you to get your eyes back on God”. It told them the summer harvest was at an end.  The shofar said, “you better do what you have to do and do it now because the time of harvest is coming to a close.”  Prophetically we need to finish it up and not wait.

Amos 3:6
Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?

The sounding of the shofar is the warning of God’ judgment.  We are in the last days – we are closer to judgment. It calls us to repentance like no other sound (Is. 27:13; Is. 58:1; Zeph 1:16).

Joel 2:1-2

Blow a trumpet in Zion;
sound an alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near,
2     a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains
a great and powerful people;
their like has never been before,
nor will be again after them
through the years of all generations.

It is the sound of the Day of the Lord – the Day of Judgment.  The shofar on Yom Teruah tells us to get ready for judgment of Yom Kippur and atonement.  It doesn’t matter if we are saved or not – judgment comes.  The shofar is to wake us up because the judgment of God is coming so get right.  Its an alarm.

It is able to bring fear to even the most hardened heart (Judges 7:16 – 22; 1 Sam. 13:3; 2 Sam. 2:28).

Judges 6:34
But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him. 35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they went up to meet them.

Gideon blew the shofar and Called the people for war.

Judges 7
Placed a shofar in every man’s hand.  300 shofars blew and victory came.  Victory came at the blowing of the shofar for those in the army of the Lord.  It is the sound of an advancing army – the sound of breakthrough – the sound of conquest – the sound of Victory – the sound of wall coming down.

The shofar is the sound of warning – an alarm and it is the sound of the watchman. It is the sound to wake up the city.  Prophetically, the watchman’s work is in the night and spiritually we are in the night.  The night was the watchman’s time of rising.  We must be vigilant. We cannot sleep when others fall asleep spiritually.  The mantle of the watchman is on us and the charge is for us to sound the alarm to wake up the sleeping.  The watchman has to stay separate from the city in order to warn them.  If we are in the city, we can’t be watchman.  We have to be above the junk of our culture and be a light.  The watchman waits for the dawn to come.Watchman

The sound of the Shofar is linked to the sound of war. The shofar is used to alert us and to call us to battle against the enemies of God (Job 39: 24-25;  Ez. 33:3; Joel 2:1; 1 Cor. 14:8). It is the sound of a coming army.  The sound of impending judgment. It caused fear and trembling. Prophetically it is the sound of war and danger.  Mt. 24:29-31.  It is a time of fear and trembling for unbelievers.

Jer. 4:19-21
My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!
Oh the walls of my heart!
My heart is beating wildly;
I cannot keep silent,
for I hear the sound of the trumpet,
the alarm of war.
Crash follows hard on crash;
the whole land is laid waste.
Suddenly my tents are laid waste,
my curtains in a moment.
21     How long must I see the standard
and hear the sound of the trumpet?

The shofar was used as a marker of time – it marks the beginning  and the end and it marks when things change.  Jubilee comes through the shofar.  Prophetically : Rev. 10:7

but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

When the 7th trumpet is sounded it marks the end of this age.  It marks a change of time – the end of one age ushers in the beginning of the other. It was the sound of freedom being proclaimed throughout the land. It proclaimed the year of release the year of restoration.  Even the word JUBILEE (Yobel Hb.) – ram’s horn trumpet.  So for God’s people the sound of the shofar is the sound of freedom, liberty, restoration, and release

Lev. 25:8-22
8 “You shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall give you forty-nine years. 9 Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. 10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan. 11 That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of itself nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines. 12 For it is a jubilee. It shall be holy to you. You may eat the produce of the field.
13 “In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property. 14 And if you make a sale to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another. 15 You shall pay your neighbor according to the number of years after the jubilee, and he shall sell to you according to the number of years for crops. 16 If the years are many, you shall increase the price, and if the years are few, you shall reduce the price, for it is the number of the crops that he is selling to you. 17 You shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God, for I am the Lord your God.
18 “Therefore you shall do my statutes and keep my rules and perform them, and then you will dwell in the land securely. 19 The land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and dwell in it securely. 20 And if you say, ‘What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we may not sow or gather in our crop?’ 21 I will command my blessing on you in the sixth year, so that it will produce a crop sufficient for three years. 22 When you sow in the eighth year, you will be eating some of the old crop; you shall eat the old until the ninth year, when its crop arrives.

The sound of praise is the shofar.

Ps. 150:3 “Praise him with trumpet sound;”
The sound of the shofar is the sound of God’s victory.

Ps 47:5
God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

As we can see, the sound of the shofar is definitely linked to the end times.  In fact, it is especially linked to these times.  God has set up the entire age as a Hebrew year.

The gospels begin in the spring and then comes the harvest – the fall and this is where we are now.  The Hebrew year closes in Sept – Oct. Yom Teruah ushers in all that is linked to the end times – the part that is still to come.  It ushers in the feasts prophetically by ushering in the days of awe.  Trumpets are the signal that it is the beginning of the end.  God’s purposes are being fulfilled – prophecy is being fulfilled.

The shofar calls the people to repentance.  Israel will repent.  The coming of Israel to the fullness of God happens at the end of the age.  In Hebrew, repentance has a double meaning.  (Teshuva means repentance and to return). The end times will be days of return.  Israel will return and as the church we need to return to an Acts kind of church.

shutterstock_129145883The shofar calls God’s people to gather. It calls the people to repent before God.
It is a sign of the Holy Gathering – particularly in Jerusalem for the appointed times of God.   Prophetically, it is the call for the children of Israel to gather in Zion.  The end times could only begin if the children of Israel were together in their homeland and this has happened – May 14, 1948.  In fact, Israel has nearly 6,000,000 Jews now and has the largest population of Jews in the world.  So we are in the Last Days – no doubt about it.  When we look at what’s going to happen in the end times with other countries, the other countries are always a backdrop to what’s going to happen in Israel. Thus, the shofar calls God’s people back to Jerusalem.  It is the only city in which they can meet Yeshua – all eyes will be on Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is the key to peace or war Zechariah 14.  The Lord will fight for Jerusalem so we must all turn back to Jerusalem.

Joel 2:15-16

Blow the trumpet in Zion;
consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
16     gather the people.
Consecrate the congregation;
assemble the elders;
gather the children,
even nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her chamber.

God gathers his people with the shofar –

Mt. 24:31
And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

I Thess. 4:16-18
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

I Cor. 15:52
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed

Sounds of the shofar are enough to wake the dead. It is interesting that the only trumpets in the New Testament are in the end times.  The shofar is a key to the end times.  We live in the days of awe prophetically and we must be a prophetic people with no fear because the future is not against us.

Rosh Hashanah – The Head of the Year

119978_pcWe have heard of the Jewish New Year known as Rosh Hashanah.  However, it is The Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah.  Rosh Hashanah is known by many names  and each idiom is another part of the day’s relevance. much like Thanksgiving day in American can be called Turkey Day. As we look at each name, you will see how the names relate to the next event on the prophetic calendar – the Rapture.

1. Rosh Hashanah – The Head of the Year
The religious calendar, which regulated the festivals, began in the spring, in accordance with God’s command at the time of the Exodus: “This month shall be for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for your” (Ex 12:2; cf. Deut 16:1). The first month in the religious year was the month in which the Israelites left Egypt and celebrated Passover, the feast of their redemption. It was originally called Abib “the month of the ears,” but after the Babylonian exile was named Nisan. It began on the New Moon of March or April.
The civil and agricultural year, as well as the sabbatical and jubilee years, began in the autumn with the seventh month, which after the Babylonian exile became known as Tishri. If it seems strange that the Jews should begin their civil year on the seventh month, it may be well to remember that even in our society the fiscal year for many organizations begins in other months than January.

2. Yom Teruah – The Feast of Trumpets, The Awakening Blast

I need to bring up something about how a Jewish rabbi views Scripture. There are always levels of interpretation and application and even fulfillment of prophecy:
Peshat – the plain or primary meaning – taking it at “face value.”196565_254794121308934_179761225_n
Remez – the allegorical; linking concepts and ideas.
Drash – the level of homiletic, personal application. Word Drash means to explain, to inquire.
Sod – the mystical level; searching for deeper and more intimate meaning.
Just remember this as we go along in discussing the feasts, and the end times.

The three feasts yet to be fulfilled are:
Yom Teruah – the world is judged for a coming year
Yom Kippur – God seals the fate of people
Succoth – The time of the final harvest
Prophetic events not yet fulfilled:
The Rapture and Resurrection (share the patterns of Yom Teruah)
The Tribulation (share the patterns of Yom Kippur)
The Millennial Reign (share the patterns of The Feast of Tabernacles)

We see through God’s moed (Hebrew for “appointed times”) there is a Divine Order to the year.  As we look to feasts fulfilled, we realize that they were fulfilled in order through Jesus, in a Divine Order.  So it seems highly likely that God will continue to operate in His Divine Order; meaning the next feasts to be fulfilled are Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Succoth. Prophetically they are the Rapture, the Tribulation and the Millennial Reign. So as a church, we are now in Pentecost or Shavout coming to the rapid end of the Long Summer headed toward Yom Teruah. The church age will conclude at the Feast of Trumpets of some unknown year.

Many people don’t believe in the Rapture and I do understand why. There are many theories and there are scriptures that can be used to prove which ever theory one concludes.  However, one thing I have learned in studying scripture is that there are patterns for everything.  God seems to set a pattern and follow it through to it’s conclusion.  Another reason some tend to conclude there is no Rapture is because it is not mentioned in the Bible.  However, with a closer look one sees that it is mentioned in the Bible and the pattern goes from the Old Testament through the New Testament.  We will look at that whole discussion at another time.  Suffice it to say that there is a picture for the Rapture in the Bible.
There are four main reasons why the Rapture will probably take place during Yom Teruah.
1. The patterns found in Yom Teruah:
Some of them were already mentioned in our discussions about the New Moon and how it was sanctified.  It also explains one of the reasons “no man knows the day or the hour” (Mt. 24:36; Ps. 81:3; Ps. 47:5 quoted in 1 Thess. 4:16).

2.  The Hebrew names (idioms) given to Yom Teruah:
We are in the process of discussing them now.

3. The symbolism found in Yom Teruah:
Primarily the trumpets and the blasts themselves.

4. The order of the three fall feasts :
There is a Divine Order to the fulfillment of the Jewish year.  This also points strongly to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

Yom Teruah has three primary themes:
1. Ressurection of the righteous – the church is resurrected in the Rapture.
2. Kingship of the Lord – the church is to see Jesus’ coronation as King.
3. Marriage – the church at the marriage supper of the Lamb in Heaven.

Yom Teruah is the only feast that all the names and themes point to the return of Christ, the Bride of Christ, the Kingship of Christ, and the gates being opened. Yom Teruah gives a full picture of the catching away and the gathering of saints together; Jn. 14:1-3.

Now, Yom Teruah is the day of blowing Shofars.  So obviously shofars are important on this day and we know trumpets are important for the End Times.  Over 100 trumpets blast on Yom Teruah.

Yom Teruah is known as the Last Trump – 1 Cor. 15:52 and Yom Kippur is known as the Great Trump Mat. 24:31.

yom-teruahOn Yom Teruah there are four types of Shofar Blast:
Tekiah – to awaken: It is one continuous sound that extends for several beats (at least a musical measure).  The tekiah is the sound that announces God’s intent to establish His righteous boundaries in an area or arena He wants to occupy.

Shevarim – to be broken:  They function similar to quarter notes in a measure of music in ¾ time.  The shevarim is a breaking sound.  It announces God’s intent to breakthrough barriers and shatter resistance to his will.

Teruah – to sound an alarm:  It is a sound that awakens and draws immediate and focused attention to what God is doing.  The sound is made up of nine staccato blasts (a musical measure of eighth notes in ¾ time).  The teruah is the sound used to sharply announce God’s arrival on the scene.

Tekiah Hagedolah – last and longest (it crescendos):  There is also a special class of tekiah called the tekiah Hagdolah (gdole-AH) which translates as a “great tekiah.”  It is a single unbreaking sound that extends for several (sometimes many) measures.  Since it is such a commanding sound it is used to announce and/or complete a series of shofar sounds.  The tekiah Hagdolah declares the full and complete extension of God’s glory and domain.

1 Thess. 4:16 refers to a trump when Jesus comes
1 Cor. 15:51-52 refers to the Last Trump
Rev. 11:15; 10:7 refer to a trumpet (one concerning the Judgment seat of Christ and the other to tell the revelation of God is complete).

With the scripture in Rev. 11:15 some conclude a mid-trib Rapture.  There is about a 40 year difference between John writing Revelation and Paul writing to the Corinthians.  Paul didn’t need to explain to the Jews what the Last Trump was because they already knew.  The Last Trump is the final Tekiah Hagedolah sounded at the end of Yom Teruah. We see the picture of this in Exodus 19:13-20 – this is a picture of the Rapture: The Lord comes down and the people go up.  Paul is not talking about the seventh trumpet in Revelation.  Paul talks about the “trump of God will sound” and John in Revelation mentions the trumpets given to angels to sound during the Tribulation period.  The Last Trump Paul speaks of is an allusion to the Last Trump of Yom Teruah the Tekiah Hagedolah.

There is so much more concerning the shofar and the end times, but it requires its own shofar study.  The shofar blast is the sound of God and His people; the sound of victory; the sound of the alpha and omega.

Well, that is all for today but we will continue with shofars tomorrow. Blessings.

Quick Update – Be Aware

This is from Jonathan Cahn today and it is major.


23 Nations Around The World Where Stock Market Crashes Are Already Happening

You can stop waiting for a global financial crisis to happen.  The truth is that one is happening right now.  All over the world, stock markets are already crashing.  Most of these stock market crashes are occurring in nations that are known as “emerging markets”.  In recent years, developing countries in Asia, South America and Africa loaded up on lots of cheap loans that were denominated in U.S. dollars.  But now that the U.S. dollar has been surging, those borrowers are finding that it takes much more of their own local currencies to service those loans.  At the same time, prices are crashing for many of the commodities that those countries export.  The exact same kind of double whammy caused the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s and the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s.

As you read this article, almost every single stock market in the world is down significantly from a record high that was set either earlier this year or late in 2014.  But even though stocks have been sliding in the western world, they haven’t completely collapsed just yet.

In much of the developing world, it is a very different story.  Emerging market currencies are crashing hard, recessions are starting, and equity prices are getting absolutely hammered.

Posted below is a list that I put together of 23 nations around the world where stock market crashes are already happening.  To see the stock market chart for each country, just click the link…

1. Malaysia

2. Brazil

3. Egypt

4. China

5. Indonesia

6. South Korea

7. Turkey

8. Chile

9. Colombia

10. Peru

11. Bulgaria

12. Greece

13. Poland

14. Serbia

15. Slovenia

16. Ukraine

17. Ghana

18. Kenya

19. Morocco

20. Nigeria

21. Singapore

22. Taiwan

23. Thailand

Of course this is just the beginning.  The western world is going to feel this kind of pain as well very soon.  I want to share with you an excerpt from an article that just appeared in the Telegraph entitled “Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control“.  You see, the Telegraph is not just one of the most important newspapers in the UK – it is truly one of the most important newspapers in the entire world.  When it speaks on financial matters, millions of people listen very carefully.  So for the Telegraph to declare that the countdown to a “global market crash” is “one minute to midnight” is a very, very big deal…

When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the public-sector balance sheet and vast money-printing gave the global economy room to heal.

Time is now rapidly running out. From China to Brazil, the central banks have lost control and at the same time the global economy is grinding to a halt. It is only a matter of time before stock markets collapse under the weight of their lofty expectations and record valuations.

I encourage you to read the rest of that excellent article right here.  It contains lots of charts and graphs, and it discusses many of the exact same things that I have been hammering on for months.

When one of the newspapers of record for the entire planet starts sounding exactly like The Economic Collapse Blog, then you know that it is late in the game.

Others are sounding the alarm about an imminent global financial crash as well.  For example, just consider what Egon von Greyerz recently told King World News

Eric, I fear that this coming September – October all hell will break loose in the world economy and markets. A lot of factors point to that, both fundamental and technical indicators and this indicates that we could have a number of shocks this autumn.

Sadly, most investors will hold stocks, bonds and property and will see any decline in value as an opportunity. It will be a long time and a very big fall before they realize that the system will not help them this time because the central bankers have run out of ammunition to save the global financial system one more time. Yes, we will see more massive money printing, but it will just make things worse. And at some stage, which could be quite soon, real fear will set in, a fear of a magnitude the world has not experienced before.

Hmm – there is another example of someone talking about September.  It is funny how often that month keeps coming up.

And of course most of the major stock market crashes in U.S. history have been in the fall.  Just go back and take a look at what happened in 1929, 1987, 2001 and 2008.

The “smart money” has been pulling their money out of stocks for quite a while now, and at this point a lot of others have hopped on the bandwagon.  The following comes from CNBC

The flight of investor money from U.S. stocks has turned into a stampede.

In fact, the $78.7 billion leaving domestic equity-focused funds has been worse in 2015 than it was even during the financial crisis years, when the S&P 500 tumbled some 60 percent, according to data released Friday by Morningstar. The total is the highest since 1993.

Domestic equity funds surrendered $20.4 billion in July alone and have seen $158.6 billion in redemptions over the past 12 months. Even a strong flow of money into passively managed exchange-traded funds has been unable to offset the stream to the exit among retail investors, who generally focus more on mutual funds than ETFs.

A global financial crisis has already begun.

So those that were claiming that one would not happen in 2015 are already wrong.

Over the coming months we will find out how bad it will ultimately be.

OK even though we have been hearing about it and we knew it was coming; its still mind numbing to see it unfold.  The second update concerns Obama and Israel. According to “United With Israel”:

“Continuing in his effort to rally support for the Iran nuclear deal, US President Barack Obama met privately for more than maxresdefaulttwo hours with Jewish leaders at the White House on Tuesday evening, making a detailed case for the accord and urging opponents — including some in the room — to “stick to the facts in making their own arguments,” according to participants.

Greg Rosenbaum of the National Jewish Democratic Council was one of 20 Jewish leaders who attended the meeting. He told Israel Radio that Obama said that American military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities is “not going to result in Iran deciding to have a full-fledged war with the United States.”

Instead, the president reportedly threatened, “You’ll see more support for terrorism. You’ll see Hezbollah rockets falling on Tel Aviv.”

Tomorrow I will post more about Yom Teruah.

The New Moon

9-15-moonThe Jewish calendar is a lunar one; therefore, when we discuss the Jewish feasts it is necessary to understand the celebration of the New Moon. The New Moon is also called Rosh Chodesh. Recognizing it is a command as well as a celebration.

Originally the New Moon was not fixed by astronomical calculations but was solemnly proclaimed after witnesses had testified to the reappearance of the crescent moon. On the 30th of each month, the members of the Sanhedrin assembled in a courtyard in Jerusalem, where they waited to receive the testimony of two reliable witnesses.  Based on the testimony of the two witnesses and their calculations the new moon was sanctified. If the New Moon was not seen on the 30th day, the New Moon was automatically celebrated on the 31st day (which was the first day of the next month).

Rosh Chodesh literally means “the head of the month.” Rosh means: beginning, chief, head, and Chodesh means: month, but it is derived from the word chadash meaning: renew, rebuild, repair, to be new. The New Moon celebration was one of the most significant celebrations of the Jewish people. It was so important that during the period of Syrian-Greek persecution that culminated in the miracle of Hanukkah, Rosh Chodesh was one of only three commandments whose observance the oppressors prohibited. The other two forbidden commandments were the Sabbath and circumcision.  Sabbath and circumcision were observances that separated the Jews and others were able to identify them as Jews because of these observances. Thus, the fact that Rosh Chodesh was identified on the same level as Sabbath and circumcision proves the significance of its observance in Jewish culture. It is part of what made them Jewish.

On the other hand, only the court (the Sanhedrin) can proclaim Rosh Chodesh based on the testimony of witnesses who observed the re-appearance of the moon, and upon this proclamation, the Jewish calendar is based. Unless the new months can be proclaimed, there is no calendar, and without a calendar, there can be no festivals. Thus, if the Syrian-Greeks had succeeded in eradicating the observance of Rosh Chodesh, they would have succeeded in eliminating large numbers of other commandments, as well.

Not only was Rosh Chodesh a command but it was also the fulfillment of prophecy. Before Israel entered the Promised Land God told them to keep his commandments (of which the Festival of the New Moon was one.)
Deuteronomy 4:5-6:
“See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'” The celebration of the New Moon represented great wisdom as did all of the commands of God.  Rosh Chodesh is a time that emphasizes Israel’s separation from other nations. In fact, the celebration is also called “sanctifying the New Moon” which corresponds with the idea of separation from the world.  Jews believe that our lives are always being renewed in God’s service and are constantly filled with strength.  REBUILT, REPAIRED.


Rosh Chodesh is a monthly festival that celebrates renewal. Renewal can be seen as starting over after a series of failings. Renewal can also be seen as a beginning at a new stage after the completion of a prior stage. In the Psalm of Rosh Chodesh, Psalm 104, we find a description of the functioning of the world. Every piece of creation has been set in its place. The water, land, and trees have all been set firmly. Animal life has been set into motion. Man again functions in his created role. This can be viewed as a renewal of creation as it was meant to be when the first Shabbat settled upon the earth. Hence, it is renewal: we find that it refers not merely to the original creation, but to a future creation when sins will be wiped off the earth, and evil doers will be no more. It is a rehearsal for the Kingdom of God in its fullness like the world we see in Genesis 1 before sin. This is the goal of Rosh Chodesh. This is a renewed world, a messianic view of the already existing world.

Psalm 104

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

2 The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
3     and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
4 He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.

5 He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
6 You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7 But at your rebuke the waters fled,
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
8 they flowed over the mountains,
they went down into the valleys,
to the place you assigned for them.
9 You set a boundary they cannot cross;
never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
oil to make their faces shine,
and bread that sustains their hearts.
16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
to their labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked be no more.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord.

The celebration of the New Moon is for the future as well: Isaiah 66:22-24
22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
that I make
shall remain before me, says the Lord,
so shall your offspring and your name remain.
23 From new moon to new moon,
and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the Lord.
24 “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

There is also a relationship between Rosh Chodesh and the Messiah.  The dynasty of David was likened to the moon birkat-hachodesh1because it underwent various stages of waxing and waning.  The Talmudic sages of Israel would use the phrase, “David King of Israel lives and exists” when they wished to inform Jews in other countries that the New Moon had appeared and been sanctified.
Do you see all the beautiful allusions to Jesus coming again and bringing this renewal and rebuilding the world?  The New Moon is a proclamation that Messiah will come or that Messiah is here.  In fact one ancient Rabbi stated, “Whoever blesses the new moon at the proper time is considered as having welcomed the presence of Shekinah.” Blessing the New Moon is welcoming the GLORY OF GOD!!!!  How beautiful is that?

It was celebrated only 11 times a year.  In Tishri, Yom Teruah [The Feast of Trumpets] coincides with Rosh Chodesh; to this day, the new moon of Tishri is not proclaimed in advance. No one knows the day or the hour of Tishri’s new moon. All of Israel waits for it to be sanctified.

Often when people talk of Jesus coming back they quote, “no man can know the day or the hour.” It is almost as if it is a relief because even though the signs are pointing to it many still don’t want to acknowledge where we are at in terms of Christ’s return. While we may not know the day or the hour or even the year, I believe we can know the season.

Matthew 24:36

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore, you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.4

Remember the first thing we need to understand is that; by God’s command, the Great Court (The Sanhedrin) was commanded to sanctify the New Moon and to set the year by them. The Sanhedrin was responsible for setting the date for each of the festivals (moed – appointed times).  For example, God commanded that Passover occur on the 15th day of the first month (Nissan); however, the Sanhedrin determined when the first month began. Thus they set the date for the first festival.

Normally, they knew several days in advance the date of the next festival; however, the one Festival, the only festival that actually falls on the new moon is Yom Teruah [Rosh Hashanah].

Yom Teruah, is the festival that “no one knows the day of the hour” of its beginning, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Until the Sanhedrin sanctifies the New Moon of the 7th month, no one knows when Yom Teruah will begin.

Now lets look at 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11:
5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 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. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 5

Those who believe are not supposed to be surprised at that day.  We are to be awake and alert.  We may not know the exact day or hour, but we will know the season. Scripture admonishes us again and again to stay awake and be alert.

Understanding the New Moon is an important aspect of understanding Yom Teruah.  Till next time.