What is Yom Teruah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets, and what is its significance?
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by Lex Meyer
The Bible gives us a list of appointed times in which God wants to meet with His people. One of these special times is Yom Teruah, which literally means the "day of shouting or blasting." It is more commonly called the day of Trumpets because we are commanded to blow the trumpets, to shout, and to raise a noise on this day.
"Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.'" - Leviticus 23:23-25
Yom Teruah is a day of rest and blowing trumpets. One thing that is interesting about this day is that we are told it is a memorial or a remembrance, but we are not told what is to be remembered. Other times in the Bible, when we are told that something is a memorial we are told what is to be remembered. For example, we are told to remember the Sabbath because in six days God made heaven and earth and rested on the seventh. Likewise, at Passover we are told to remember the events of the Exodus, and Yeshua commanded that we remember Him at Passover. However, we are not told what to remember at Yom Teruah.
The Hebrew word used here is zik-rone, and means "a memorial, remembrance, reminder, or sign."
Is Yom Teruah a reminder to us? Are we told to blow trumpets because God wants us to remember something? If so, what is it? How can we be expected to remember something that we were never told about?
Let me suggest that Yom Teruah is not meant for us to remember something. I believe we are commanded to shout and blow trumpets to get God's attention and to cause Him to remember His people. It's a prophetic Feast that points to the return of the Messiah.
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first." - 1 Thessalonians 4:16
Notice that He comes with a shout and the sound of a trumpet. Those two things are directly connected to Yom Teruah.
We see that the spring Feasts were directly connected to His first coming. Yeshua died on Passover as the Lamb of God, He resurrected on FirstFruits as the FirstFruits of the resurrection, and He sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (or Shavuot in Hebrew). It makes sense that the fall Feasts would be likewise connected to His return.
The Bible speaks about a time of Great Tribulation that will take place in the last days before Messiah returns. When we are facing such tribulation we will want to know that God has not forgotten about His people. In that day we will be shouting and blowing trumpets for deliverance while looking up to heaven for salvation, and God will remember His people and Yeshua will return with the shout of the Archangel and the trumpet of God.
Trumpets are also used to sound a battle cry, and we know that when Messiah returns He will come with an army to slay His enemies.
Trumpets were also used to announce the king, and when Yeshua returns, He will be coming as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Trumpets and shouting are also connected to victory. Remember that Joshua was told to have the people shout and blow trumpets as they marched around Jericho and the walls fell down.
"And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him." - Joshua 6:4-5
Jericho was an obstacle that was preventing them from entering the promised land, and they were instructed to shout and blow trumpets to destroy the wall. Likewise, sin is an obstacle that prevents us from entering the promised land, and we are told to shout and blow trumpets before we reach atonement. Remember that Yom Teruah is ten days before Yom Kippur (the day of Atonement), and these days are meant to be a time of repentance and seeking the Lord.
Why do we shout and blow trumpets? Why must we repent? Because we want the Father to remember us.
"But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt, then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land." - Leviticus 26:40-42
I want to encourage you that when you keep Yom Teruah, let it be a time for you to seek the Lord with all of your heart, and pray these words will be encouraging to you.
"Then they took an oath before the Lord with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and rams' horns. And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around." - 2 Chronicles 15:14-15
Yom Teruah is a day of rest, a day for seeking the Father, and a day of blowing trumpets and shouting to the Lord. On this day we look forward to the return of our Messiah, and we prepare our hearts for His return.
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