Israel’s New Year Begins: The Feast of Trumpets


The First of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, which begins the Jewish New Year, is the celebration ofRosh Hashana (“The Head of the Year”) and also the Feast of Trumpets. This day begins Israel’s civil year and is celebrated for two days (the second day was added by the rabbis around 500 b.c.).

Everything in the Torah (or the Pentateuch, the Five Books of Moses) has a prophetic as well as historical significance and merits our careful attention. Jesus indicated this in Matthew 5:17:

Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

Paul also emphasized this in Romans 15:4:

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning. . .

The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.

The Feasts of Moses

The Torah details seven feasts which take place during the Hebrew calendar year:1

Three feasts are in the spring, in the month of Nisan: Passover; the Feast of Unleavened Bread; and the Feast of First Fruits. Fifty days later there is a fourth feast, Shavout, or the Feast of Weeks, also known as Pentecost.

There are three remaining feasts in the fall, in the month of Tishri: the Feast of Trumpets; the Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement); and the Feast of Tabernacles. [There are two reckonings of the Hebrew year: the civil year starts in the fall on the First of Tishri; the religious calendar starts in the spring in the month of Nisan.2]

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