Rosh Hashanah and the Feast of Trumpets
What has Rosha Hashanah have to do with the Feast of Trumpets? My first thought, as is usually the case, comes in the form of a song. Please enjoy: "Feast of Trumpets", which begins my new album: The Feasts.
It is the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, when the chief of the year is celebrated on the 1st of Tishri, by Jews all over the world. Today many Messianic Christians, seeing their connection to the commonwealth of Israel, celebrate it too. Of course, most Jews know that this is not the true biblical new year, which falls 14 days before Passover, representing the time that they came out of slavery in Egypt. But they celebrate this holiday anyway, because it represents their coming out of exile in Babylon. SELAH!
Just think of that for a moment. Did YHWH, know once again, the end from the beginning and cause this to take place. I believe he did.
The first establishment of a separate new year for the people of Israel, together with Passover, would point to Messiah's first coming, as the suffering servant, to take away the sin of the world.
The Feast of Trumpets would fall on the second celebrated new year and, I believe, that YHWH likely orchestrated this, because he knew that in the latter days, this would point to the 2nd coming of Yeshua, as the conquering King. Today, many believers feel sure, that when Messiah returns, it will be in or around the Feast of Trumpets. A very good reason for a new beginning and a brand new, new year or beginning. So, for the millennium, we may well continue, together with those of Yahudah, who receive Messiah, celebrate two new years. The one when he took us out of slavery to Egypt and sin and the one when he saved us from those who hate us and took us out of Mystery Babylon.
Daniel 7:25 He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.
Do you know that there are 12 tribes of Israel?
Nowhere in the bible will you see that YHWH made covenant with any other people. That is why we read, in the book of Ephesians, that we have been adopted into the "Commonwealth of Israel". The Jews, come from the tribe of Yahudah, and together with Benjamin they made up the Southern Kingdom. The Southern Kingdom went into exile into Babylon. But YHWH said that he would bring them back after 70 years, which is what he did. He also foretold their return to the land after further exile in that latter days. This is the only logical reason why Israel exists as a country today. No other people group has ever maintained identity and restored its language after so many years of not having a homeland.
So what happened to the other 10 tribes? They also went into exile, living under the rule of a Babonian run system. In fact they were divorced by YHWH and he said that the Torah would even become "a strange thing" to them, which it still is to most, because of their great disobedience and insatiable idolatry. Scattered among the nations, the Northern Kingdom of 10 tribes, known as the "house of Israel" would only to be joined again with the Southern Kingdom, the "house of Judah", in the latter days.
As YHWH could not now enter into marriage covenant with those whom he divorced, because that would be an abomination in Torah, He Himself would also have to die, not only for our sins, but also to allow him to remarry us. He has done this on the cross, in Yahshua, the Messiah, in order that he might be able to marry us again. Yahwer was in Christ, the Messiah, reconciling all men to himself. Maybe now the passages below will make much more sense:
Eze 37:15 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
Eze 37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
Eze 37:17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
Eze 37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
Eze 37:19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
Eze 37:20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
Eze 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
Eze 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
Eze 37:23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
Eze 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
Eze 37:25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
Eze 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
The book of Hoshea (Hosea) also makes much more sense, when you read from the historical understanding of its Hebrew roots. Surely many believers today, would be those whom YHWH called: "not my people", but whom He also said, would later be called the "children of God."
Hos 1:6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
Hos 1:7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
Hos 1:8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.
Hos 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
Hos 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
Hos 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.
We are coming to a climactic end of history and the major players seem to be the Commonwealth of Israel and the Commonwealth of Nations, for Yahshua said: "You will be hated by all nations for my sake." This then is not something that can be escaped. Yet He has reserved the church of Philadelphia, one, out of the seven "called out" churches, whom he recognizes, to whom he says:
Rev 3:10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
To the rest or to all He cries:
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.