At sundown tonight is the beginning of the Biblical Holyday of the Feast of Trumpets, or Yom Teruah in Hebrew.

Leviticus 23 says:
23 ADONAI said to Moshe,
24 "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.

What are we to remember on Yom Teruah / Feast of Trumpets?

It is not specifically mentioned what we are to remember on Yom Teruah when we hear the shofar, however we can trace the shofar blasts all throughout Scripture to help us remember some of the many awesome things that the Father has done for us.

We can remember the shofar blasts of Exodus 19, and the gathering of Israel around Mt. Sinai for the giving of the Torah, which is symbolic in Judaism for the marriage of God to His people.

On Yom Teruah we can remember the Yovel, or "Jubilee," in Leviticus 25:8-10.  Yovel happens after every 49 years, when all the captives are set free after the shofar blasts on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which is to follow on the 10th day after Yom Teruah. This day symbolically represents "Yom Shekulo Shabbat" - a day that will be all "Shabbat", in the Messianic Reign - complete rest from sin and its consequences.  Halleluyah!

Joshua 6:5 reminds us of the of the victory Israel when God commanded the shofar to be blown and they claimed the promised land.  It reminds us that all God's promises are true even if seemingly impossible, and that one day the Messiah's disciples will hear the heavenly shofar blast:
 
He will send out his angels with a great shofar; and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. - Matthew 24:31 CJB
 
It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we too will be changed.
- 1 Corinthians 15:52 CJB
 
For 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. - 1 Thessalonians 4:16 CJB

Why is Rosh Hashanah (New Year) celebrated on Yom Teruah?
 

In Leviticus 25, we see that the Heavenly Father commanded the count of the Sabbatical Years and the Jubilee Years starting in the 7th month the Jewish calendar of Tishrei.  Therefore the head year (rosh hashanah), or the first year for counting every seven years begins in the 7th month, and the first day of this month is also Yom Teruah.  (The New Year's day that begins the count of the month is Abib 1, which is the month of Passover, as commanded in Exodus 12).
 
Prophetically, many believe that just as the Messiah fulfilled specific prophecies for the Spring Festivals on the very day each happened (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost), it makes sense to believe that when He returns He will also fulfill specific prophecies pertaining to the Fall Festivals on the very day of each one (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles).  Messiah's return will herald the Millenial Reign of Peace.

The Story of Isaac

Traditionally, the story of Isaac is read on Rosh Hashanah.  Why?  FFOZ (First Fruits of Zion) explains:
In Genesis 18:14, God tells Abraham that Sarah will have a son “at the appointed time.” The Hebrew word for “appointed time” is moed (מועד). It is the same word that the Torah uses to refer to the biblical festivals, God’s appointed times. As such, its use in Genesis 18:14 and 21:2 invited the Sages to speculate that Isaac might have been born on a festival.

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Shana Tova!

In closing, I'd like to follow the Ashkenazi and Hasidic custom to wish Leshana Tova Tikoseiv Vesichoseim (Le'Alter LeChaim Tovim U'Leshalom) which is Hebrew for "May you (immediately) be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year (and for a Good and Peaceful Life)"!


Sincerely,
Coralyn Vega
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