What is the true meaning of Rosh Hashanah?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
One of the "appointed feasts of the LORD" given to Israel in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is known today as Rosh Hashanah, literally "Head of the Year." We read about Rosh Hashanah in the Torah...

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Dscf1720 Myron Robertson Seeking God's heart
This is the New Year celebration at the beginning of the seventh month on the Hebrew (religious) Calendar. Traditionally, this is the day on which creation began in Genesis 1:1, although some traditions push it back another month and a half to November. In Exodus 12:2 God commanded Israel to count the month of Passover as the first month, thus setting them on a different calendar from that used by the rest of Shem's descendants (Semites) and the Mesopotamians. Thus from that time forward Israel and Judah used both a religious and a civil calendar. 

Prophetically this day also has represented resurrection day, a teaching Christians have steadfastly refused to propagate among themselves. I have no idea why this is, but this teaching has been widely taught among Jewish Scholars including the Apostle Paul (1 Cor 15:52, 1 Thes 4:13-18).

The source of this teaching is found in Numbers 10 with the command to build the silver trumpets that were to call the people to an assembly. If only one trumpet was sounded only the leaders were to assemble, but if both trumpets sounded the entire congregation was to assemble. This prophecies of two resurrections -- the first at Jesus second coming and the second at the great white throne judgment (Rev 20:11-13).

These same trumpets were also supposed to be sounded each month when the first crescent of the new moon was observed after the sunset, signifying the first day of the new month. God's law requires the actual observation of the new moon, not the calculation of the time as the current Hillel Calendar does. This shows that some things must be observed in the believer before the Priests can bear witness that it has occurred. 

This law requiring the sounding of these trumpets is the basis for the prophecies of the seven trumpets in Rev 8 - 11. The seven months (inclusive) from the first of the spring feasts to the last of the autumn feasts in some way prophesy of the same events that these seven trumpets in Revelation speak of, so Rosh Hashanna also has a meaning that is in some way related to the events prophesied by the seventh trumpet. 

I have never studied this myself, and I know of only a small handful of Christian prophecy teachers who have given it any consideration at all. Most entirely ignore this connection -- if they are even aware of it at all (few are.) I am sorry I cannot give you further information about this connection but God has never led me to study it in any depth. You might find something about it in the writings and/or sermons of James Brueggeman (Stone Kingdom Ministries) or Stephen E. Jones (God's Kingdom Ministries). I am sure there are others, but these are the only two I know who have studied this at all.

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