Why I pay attention to things leading up to Rosh Hashanah

If you know me then you know I am pretty heavily influenced (as I think followers of Jesus should be) by the textual pictures in the Hebrew Bible. After all this is the Bible Jesus taught from when he walked the planet. The Hebrew language is picturesque and God is even more so. He is always speaking in word pictures. Sometimes these pictures are prophetic.

If God is speaking in prophetic pictures when He commands His people to observe 7 feasts or holidays, annually, in very specific ways (Leviticus 23), then we can observe some things as Christians:

There are 4 spring feasts commanded in the Torah. In my view all have messianic, prophetic fulfillments.

  1. Passover – Christ crucified
  2. Unleavened bread – Christ buried
  3. First Fruits – Christ raised from the dead
  4. Shavuot (Pentecost) – Giving of the Holy Spirit

Give me some leeway to think aloud related to eschatology. If we are following the Feasts of the LORD as prophetic pictures, then we can expect the 3 fall feasts also have a prophetic, messianic fulfillment. Here’s my thought:

  1. Rosh Hashanah – (Festival of Trumpets) – 2nd Coming of Christ
  2. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – Final Judgment
  3. Sukkot (Festival of booths/tabernacles) – New Jerusalem

Rosh Hashanah is “the head of the year.” The beginning of the Jewish new year. The holiday has other names. “The Day of Blowing” and “The Day of Remembrance by Blowing” all pointing to the significance of the trumpet blast. Biblically it is picturesque of a grand coronation of the King signified by the blowing of the shofar. It is also a call to repentance observed during the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

Consider these passages among others:

Joel 2:1 “Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall all be changed.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the LORD himself will descend from heaven with the cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air, and so we will always be with the LORD. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

If we are following the pictures, Rosh Hashanah is the next feast to be prophetically fulfilled. The blowing of trumpets in Jerusalem. The coronation of the King. The people of God entering into repentance in anticipation of judgement and atonement. The pictures line up for me.

I can’t say I am 100% certain of this. Only the Father knows the day, the hour, the year, according to the Bible. Western biblical scholars will shred this theory like cheese, well, because they want systematic, theological bullet points. I’m just looking at the pictures.

This is why I pay attention to things leading up to Rosh Hashanah. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at dusk, September 18, 2020. On the Sabbath. (Luke 6:5)

  One thought on “Why I pay attention to things leading up to Rosh Hashanah

  1. Kelly Oggero
    September 17, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Brian , for that brief but valuable reminder. You motivate my thirst for His Word. I will contemplate and further “chew” on the Scriptures presented. God bless you, my dear brother – and , Shmekah.

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  2. Sheila Newell
    September 16, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I was pastored by another pastor who thought and taught the same way about the feasts. Exciting times. Next year in Jerusalem!!

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  3. Desiree Richardson
    September 16, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    I have been pondering this exact thing for about two years now. It gave me chills as I was reading it. Sooooo amazing to see and apply all OUR LORD has given us!!! Thank-you, Brian Haynes, for your love of THE LORD and always seeking to lead the sheep you shepherd well and with His love!!! I am so grateful for His leadership and guidance in you!!!

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  4. Karen
    September 16, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Pastor Brian, thank you for this explanation. Forgive my ignorance but should I learn Hebrew? Are is there an English bible that is translated as close to the Hebrew? I use the New American Standard.

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    • September 16, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      NASB is great. You can learn Hebrew if you want but there are many bible study tools that will help you to understand the Hebrew meaning behind the english words. Logos is a great one.

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      • Karen
        September 17, 2020 at 9:05 am

        Thank you! I will get the Logos. Excited to dig deep and compare the Hebrew that Jesus spoke. Great information.

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  5. Pamela Whitcomb
    September 16, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Oh, thank you, Brian! I have been looking at these feasts and their deeper Messianic meaning. This is a great explanation of that. God’s sovereignty and genius is on full display as we see the connections between all God instituted to point to and confirm it’s all being carried out by Him just as He designed, and just as He revealed! Glory to God in the highest!!

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