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The Feast of Trumpets

The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels, and with God’s shofar; those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise; then we who are left still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thess 4:16-17

Rosh Hashanah, also called the Feast of Trumpets, is a gateway into the Fall Feasts, the ‘Days of Awe’. These Feasts are God’s appointed times (Hebrew: mo’adim) that He has established for us to draw close to Him, to repent and purify our hearts. Jewish tradition considers this the beginning of the year, the day when Adam and Eve were created. This day is also called the ‘Day of Remembrance’ and ‘Judgement Day’. The Jewish prayer book says that on this day ‘all the inhabitants of the world pass before God as a flock of sheep’. For Jewish believers and believers from the nations, it calls us to shake off complacency and draw close to God in repentance.

The prophet Joel speaks of ‘the trumpet call announcing the Day of the Lord’, calling the people of Israel and their spiritual leaders to repent and plead for mercy before the Day of Judgement comes. Joel calls this the ‘day of darkness and gloom’ and trembling. We, the blessed children of God, look to the ‘Day of the Lord’ with anticipation. Our Saviour, Yeshua the Messiah, has taken the darkness and gloom upon Himself when He was crucified. In His resurrection He gave us hope. It also reminds us to renew our eager expectation of Yeshua’s return. Intercessors use the ‘Days of Awe’ as a God-appointed opportunity to cry out to the Lord on behalf of His people, Israel.

On Rosh HaShanah Jewish families all over the world will gather together to celebrate and rejoice. Tables are adorned with honey and apples to bless the coming year with sweetness, and pomegranates representing prosperity. Prayers of blessing, protection and salvation for the Jewish people will be prayed in homes and synagogues. The voice of the shofar (ram’s horn) will be heard in Israel’s streets. The nation will enter the ‘Days of Awe’, to prepare our hearts and cry for mercy. As 1 John 3:2-4 says, We, the children of God, hope in eager expectation for restoration of all things. Having this hope, we strive to be purified through repentance and works of mercy, just as He is pure.

Marianna Gol is the Director of Streams in the Desert, an outreach to single-mother families in Be’er Sheva.

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