“For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
1 Corinthians 15:52
The eve of Rosh Hashanah and High Holidays is a very special season in Israel. The atmosphere is filled with a sense of joy and hopefulness when the families are coming together to celebrate the turning of the Jewish calendar, while looking forward to the future.
In the bible Rosh Hashanah is also called the Feast of Trumpets, and this festival is a truly special one both for the Lord and for the nation of Israel.
When God gave His commandments and made His covenant with the people of Israel on Mt. Sinai, He sealed it with the sound of blasting trumpets. The trumpets symbolize the announcing of something that is to come, or something to be established.
In Numbers 29:1, God speaks about the Feast of Trumpets, commanding: “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…”
The sound of the Shofar (trumpet) is mentioned other times in important moments in the Bible, either to commemorate, or to call the nation to action:
– Giving of the Law (Exodus 19:16,19 and 20:18)
– Bringing down the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:4-16)
– David bringing the Arc of the Covenant back to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:15)
– Praising God (Psalms 98:6)
– Call to repentance (Joel 2:15)
Shofar in the New Testament:
– Giving humbly, unannounced & unboastful (Matthew 6:2)
– The voice of God like a trumpet (Revelations 1:10 and 4:1)
The Fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets and its announcements:
– The regathering of His people: “In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one. And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 27:12-13)
– The coming of the Lord: “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[a] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:30-31)
– The taking of the Church: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
– The Last Trumpet & resurrection of the dead: “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
These are amazingly powerful promises and prophecies to look forward to.
On Sunday night, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, as the people of Israel gather together to blast their Shofars (trumpets), we will be celebrating God’s eternal covenants and promises, while proclaiming the Lord’s promise of His imminent return.
Shana Tova u-Mevurekhet!
Beit Hallel is a Messianic Jewish congregation in Ashdod, led by pastor Israel Pochtar, serving holocaust survivors and the poor and needy locally and throughout the nation of Israel, while building up the body of Messiah in the promised land of Israel.