557 Trumpet DayIn September, the Jews celebrate New Year's Day "Rosh Hashanah", which means "head of the year" in Hebrew. Part of the tradition of the Jews is that they eat a piece of a fish head, symbolic of the head of the year, and greet each other with "Leschana towa," meaning "a good year!". According to tradition, the feast of Rosh Hashanah is linked to the sixth day of the Creation Week, when God created man.
In the Hebrew text of the 3. Book of Moses 23,24 is given the day as "Sikron Terua", which means "memorial day with trumpet bubbles". Therefore, this festival is called in the German language «Trumpet Day».

Many rabbis teach that at Rosh Hashanah a shofar should be blasted at least 100 times, including a series of 30 painting to signal hope for the coming of the Messiah. According to the Jewish sources, there are three types of beeps that were blown on that day:

  • Teki'a - A long continuous tone as a symbol of hope in God's strength and as a praise that he is the God (of Israel).
  • Shevarin - Three shorter, interrupted sounds that symbolize the howling and wailing of sins and fallen humanity.
  • Teru'a - Nine fast, staccato-like sounds (similar to the sound of an alarm clock) to present the broken hearts of those who have come before God.

Ancient Israel originally used ram horns for their trumpets. However, after some time these became, as we from 4. Moses 10 experienced, replaced by trumpets (silver). The use of trumpets is mentioned 72 times in the Old Testament.

The trumpets were blown to alert in case of danger, to summon the people to a festive assembly to announce announcements, and as a call to worship. In times of war trombones were used to prepare the soldiers for their mission and then give the signal for combat use. Trumpets also announced the arrival of the king.

At the present time, some Christians celebrate the Trumpet Day as a feast day with a worship service and associate it with reference to future events, to Jesus' second coming or the rapture of the church.

Jesus is the lens through which we can interpret the whole Bible correctly. The Old Testament (which includes the Old Covenant) is now understood through the lens of the New Testament (with the New Covenant, which Jesus Christ has completely fulfilled). If we proceed in reverse order, we will arrive at the assumption that the New Covenant will not begin until the second coming of Jesus because of false conclusions. This assumption is a fundamental mistake. Some believe that we are in a transitional period between the Old and New Covenant and are therefore obliged to hold the Hebrew holidays.
The Old Covenant existed only temporarily and this includes the Trumpet Day. By saying, "A new covenant, he made the first one old. But what grows old and aged is near the end »(Hebr 8,17). He was appointed to announce to the people the coming Messiah. The blowing of the trumpet to Rosh Hashanah not only signals the beginning of the annual festival calendar in Israel, but announces the message of the festival: "Our king is coming!"

The festivals of Israel are primarily associated with the harvests. Immediately before the first cereal festival, "Feast of the First Yarrow," the "Passover" and the "Feast of Unleavened Bread" took place. Fifty days later, the Israelites celebrated the Wheat Harvest Festival, the "Feast of the Weeks" (Whitsun), and in autumn, the Great Thanksgiving Day celebrated the "Feast of Tabernacles." In addition, the festivals have a deep spiritual and prophetic significance.

For me, the most important part of the Trumpet Day is how it refers to Jesus and how Jesus fulfilled it all when He first came. Jesus fulfilled the trumpet day through his incarnation, his work of reconciliation, his death and resurrection. Through these "events in Christ's life," God not only fulfilled His covenant with Israel (the Old Covenant), but changed all time forever. Jesus is the head of the year - the head, the Lord of all time, especially because he created the time. "He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn before all creation. For in him is created all that is in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or powers or powers; it is all created by him and to him. And he is above all, and everything is in him. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, that he may be first in all things. For it pleased God to let all fullness dwell in him, and to reconcile through him all things unto him, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace through his blood on the cross "(Col. 1,15-20).

Jesus prevailed where the first Adam had failed and he is the last Adam. Jesus is our Passover lamb, our unleavened bread and our reconciliation. He is the one and only one who removed our sins. Jesus is our Sabbath in which we find peace from sin.

As a lord of all time he now lives in you and you in him. The whole time you experience is sacred because you live the new life of Jesus Christ that you have in communion with him. Jesus, is your Redeemer, Savior, Savior, King and Lord. He has let the trumpet sound once and for all!

by Joseph Tkach