“Rosh Hashanah” literally means “Head of the Year” in Hebrew.The next one coming in a few days will be on our 20-21Sept. 2017, which will be the start of the Hebrew year 5778.
The Scriptural name of this day is “Yom Teruwah”. That was one of the “Feasts of the Lord” that God gave to Moses, “a Day of blowing the Trumpets” in Numbers 29:1.
I think it is interesting that many modern Israelis are neither aware of the Biblical name of this day, nor that it is one of the “Feasts of the Lord”. For many Israelis this will be just the start of the new civil year in Israel.
I also find it interesting that most New Testament Christians fail to see the prophetic significance of the Feasts of the Lord, how they become fulfilled in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ who came to “fill up” everything that was written for Him, outside of the confines of the Old Testament Law of Moses when all those things were “shadows of things to come”. If they were shadows, then there are heavenly substances which cast their shadow on the earth in the form of the Law of Moses – the substance is of Jesus who came to fulfill, i.e. to fill up, not to abolish, all that was given in the Law of Moses.
Among many interpretations of this Feast, my own understanding of the New Testament fulfillment of “a Day of blowing the Trumpets” is that the Voice of the Lord goes out from heaven, inviting His servants to “come up here”, to “lift up the eyes so that we can see with God’s eyes and faith”.
His Voice sounds like a trumpet (see Rev.4:1) at this time of the year, that is like a gate opens up in heaven to take us to a higher realm of revelation and understanding of the plans and processes of heaven’s interaction with the earth.
God speaks at all times and throughout the year. But to understand how God speaks different things, at different times that serve His Kingdom plans and purposes, we need to learn from the Bible that NOT all times and seasons are the same. For example, let us see how before Rev. 4:1, where John saw “a door standing open in heaven”, we read:
Rev. 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia …”
Apostle John was already in the Spirit, had already met with and heard Jesus speak to him, and had already received detailed prophetic words for the 7 churches in Asia Minor. Even so, after those amazing events, even after he had met with Jesus, there was still an invitation to “come up here” so that the Lord would show him new/more things.
This is part of our priestly duty to minister to the Lord according to what He is showing that He wants to do. As He is giving us His “eyes” to see things, and His “faith” so that we can believe what He will do, He is calling us to pray for His plans and purposes to take effect in the earthly realm (over which He has delegated His authority to us).
The above perception of the Feast of Trumpets is not the result of a mental process of figuring out why the Lord commanded a Day of blowing the Trumpets. What I write in this article has been given to me through a process of gradual revelation over more than 15 years that the Lord has been calling me to present myself before Him on Rosh Hashanah each year.
As we do that together with the people of our ministry, we have indeed experienced year after year how the Lord has been speaking to us about things to come in the next chronological season ahead; how He has shown to us how to pray for the next season ahead, which is like a new “room” in which we enter, which is of finite dimensions, like all the other earthly dimensions of space.
Part of that process was in 2009 and 2010 – on both of those years the Lord instructed me to hold a 3-day worship conference on the Mount of Olives (near Jerusalem). And through all the other years (of Shalom Center Athens) we hold special times of worship and drawing near the Lord on that day/season.
So we know from personal experience as we have been walking with the Lord for many years, that Yom Teruwah is a very important day for the Kingdom of God! The Bible does not say much about this particular Feast, because the main purpose of the Day is prophetic and intercessory. So, His instructions come by the Spirit, not by the letter.