What is Yom Teruah and Does It Matter?
Most people that know me know my family and I are now celebrating the Biblical feasts and holy days rather than following Easter and Christmas. While this isn’t always looked favorably upon by family and friends, we are following the leading of the Father. In our defense I can only give this statement from the New Testment:
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
We are learning so much through searching the Hebrew roots of our faith! So, don’t be surprised if you see me call ‘Jesus’ by his Hebrew name Yeshua. Don’t be surprised if I write more about things I’m learning while reading the Word from that perspective. It has been an eye-opening experience to be able to understand things in a different way than is taught in most churches today. If people only realized how much they’re missing!
So, this Friday night at sundown begins Sabbath, the day the Father gave us to rest. We’re also expecting them to be able to site the new moon in Jerusalem which means Friday evening will also be Yom Teruah. It is the start of the 7th month on the Jewish calendar (Tishri). Some people call it Rosh Hashanah (the head of the year or new year.) So if you live in a community with Jewish people or those that follow Torah, don’t be too alarmed if you hear the shofar blow.
One thing many Christians don’t realize is that the “last trump” talked about in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 is talking about Yom Teruah.
51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
There are a number of shofar blasts throughout the day of Yom Teruah. The final sounding of the shofar on Yom Teruah at some point in the future (and possibly not too far in the future) is when we believe Yeshua will return. If you don’t know about Yom Teruah you won’t be listening for the shofar’s blast. I’ll be listening for it, will you?