In the seventh month on the first of the month, you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. Leviticus 23:24,25
In the autumn of the year on the first day of the Tishri moon shofars are to be blown to announce the first of the Ten Days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur. The 30 day sixth month of the Hebrew calendar, Elul defined as the season of teshuvah, or repentance, is joined with and followed by the first day of the seventh month Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets which announces the final ten days of the full 40 days of repentance. Yom Teruah is the biblical name of the feast as it is presented in Leviticus 23. Hebraically it is defined as the day of shouting or blowing. There are several revealing names associated with this 5th of the 7 appointed times of Adonai.
- Teshuvah (repentance)
- Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year, Birthday of the World)
- Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets, The Awakening Blast)
- Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgment)
- HaMelech (Coronation Day of the Messiah)
- Yom HaZikkaron (Day of Remembrance)
- Chevlai shel Mashiach (Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Birthpangs of the Messiah)
- Kiddushin/Nesu’in (the Wedding Ceremony)
- Natzal (the Resurrection)
- Shofar HaGadol (the Last Trump)
- Yom Hakeseh (the Hidden Day)
- The opening of the Gates
The Feast of Trumpets is the first of three, yet to be fulfilled Fall Feasts of Israel. These feasts relate to Kingdom/political issues rather than High Priestly matters that Messiah addressed in the Spring feast during His first coming 2000 years ago. At that time Yeshua rode into Jerusalem riding on a donkey as the Suffering Servant. But when Messiah returns this next time He will come as the Conquering King. The various names associated with this designated time reveal a great deal of what is expected to take place on this first day of the seventh Hebrew month in the year that Messiah returns.
Within Jewish writings, which includes both the Tanach (the First Testament) and the Brit Chadesha (the ReNewed Testament) the authors routinely use word plays and idioms to convey commonly understood times, dates and scenarios within the Jewish community. Idioms are statements that a community understands, like in America if one should say, ‘We’re getting together on ‘turkey day’, all Americans would know that we are referring to Thanksgiving. Turkey day would be an idiom for Thanksgiving, the national holiday. There is one such Jewish idiom used in Matthew 24 that refers directly to Yom Teruah, the first day of the seventh month. Yom Teruah is know as the hidden day, the day that no man knows the date or the hour of. In Matthew, in answer to the timing of the return of Messiah, Yeshua responds according to Matthew in this way: ‘But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.’ Matthew 24:36. Yom Teruah is the only appointed time that is celebrated within Israel for two days instead of one. The reason is because of the uncertainty of when to declare the day because the beginning of Tishri is based on the sighting of the first visible crescent of the new moon. When will the crescent be ‘seen’, that depends on the Father – He can obscure it from our view if that is His purpose – so consequently, this is the day that no man knows. Selah
Today, few people remember the biblical name of Yom Teruah and instead it is widely known as “Rosh Hashanah” which literally means “head of the year” and hence also “New Years”. The transformation of Yom Teruah (Day of Shouting) into Rosh Hashanah (New Years) is the result of pagan Babylonian influence upon the Jewish nation.
Why does Beit Shofarot use the term Rosh Hashanah then?
Due to the nature of Beit Shofoarot’s calling to both the Jewish and Gentile nations and their recognition of Rosh Hashanah over Yom Teruah we employ the use of the term Rosh Hashanah along with its proper name in order to better teach and reach the community concerning the truth of Torah concerning Yom Teruah.