Blow the Trumpet in Zion
Blow the Shofar in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near… (Joel 2:1)
The ancient biblical Fall feast times are upon us beginning with the Feast of Trumpets (Yom T’ruah). In more modern times the feast has also been recognized as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. This year, the Feast begins on Sunday evening at sunset in Jerusalem and marks the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar as the Holy month of Tishrei.
The significance of the Shofar blowing is seen as a sacred preparatory calling of the souls of believing Israel to wake up, repent and prepare for their pilgrim journey up to Jerusalem in order to appear before the Lord’s presence.
Furthermore, the blowing of the Shofar, begins a ten day period known as “Days of Awe” lasting until Yom Kippur-The Day of Atonement when God’s people weep and fast in repentance for 24 hours.
The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah is also viewed as a day of judgment — where God’s people examine their lives for sin, and then have the following ten days to make peace with those whom they have hurt, or broken promises with especially with the Lord. It is the time to cast away sin, as symbolized by the traditional act of Tashlich (‘to cast’) in which people visit a body of moving water and cast bread crumbs into the water, a tradition originating from the words of the prophet Micah…
He will turn again, he will have mercy on us; he will subdue our iniquities; and will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)
Finally, the Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah has also traditionally been linked to the resurrection of the dead. Perhaps Yeshua had the Feast of Trumpets in mind when he spoke of Israel’s gathering unto Himself in Math 24.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:31)