This is a simple introduction based on Messianic/Hebrew Roots beliefs to Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets. Please enjoy and use as you wish. Shalom.
What is it about?
“Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.”
“On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets.”
Yom Teruah, or the Feast of Trumpets, is a special day set apart by Yahweh. The trumpet blast reminds us to focus on Yahweh and celebrate him as our Elohim (God) and Creator of the universe. We think about our sins, and confess them, knowing he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins through faith in Yahushua. We are also reminded that Yahushua is King and he will come back to earth with the sound of the last trumpet blast.
We can shout in praise and joy to the sound of the trumpet, knowing we will be with Messiah our King when he comes back. Yahweh has us celebrate this event now, even though it has not happened yet, because we can trust his Word to come true.
1 Thess 4:16-17
“For the Master (Yahushua) Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of Elohim, and the dead in Messiah will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air, and so we shall always be with the Master.”
1 Cor 15:51-52
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will 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 will be changed.”
When is it?
The seventh month, called Tishri, in the Biblical calendar. Yom Teruah Begins a 10 day period of repentance (asking for forgiveness for our sins), also called the “days of awe”, which ends with the Holy Day Yom Kippur.
Teshuva– Returning to Yahweh through repentance (sorry for our sins, seeking forgiveness, changing sinful behavior). To turn away from sin.
Shofar– Ancient ram’s horn used by Israelites in battle, and ritual (still used today).
10 Days of Awe– Ten day period between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur, focused on prayer and teshuva.
Psalm Verses for Yom Teruah
4 Shout to Yahweh, all the earth;
break out in praise and sing for joy!
5 Sing your praise to Yahweh with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song,
6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
Make a joyful symphony before Yahweh, the King!
Links for further study