Monday, September 13, 2010

Rosh Hashannah

Rosh Hashannah means head of the year - also called the Feast of Trumpets and The Day that no man knows.

Forty days before Rosh Hashannah,the shofar is blown everyday and on the Feast day it is blown 100 times at the exact time all over the world. This 40 days is a fast and prayer time, a time of repentance. Jesus went into the wilderness during these 40 days. The same 40 days parallel precisely the first 40 days of Israel's 40 year wilderness journey.

Jews believe that God created the world on Rosh Hashannah.

Rosh Hashanna starts the calendar year.

God intended events on earth to affect heavenly realities. "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven". It is God's desire that our lives be characterized by Heavenly values, that the temporal reflect the eternal.

The Feasts of Israel were God's appointed times to remind His people that He was Lord of the calendar, the King of Creation and that He was to be worshipped everyday.

Rosh Hashannah has 12 Themes

1. Teshuvah repentance
2. Head of the year, Birthday of the world
3. Yom Teruah Day of the Awakening Blast/Feast of Trumpets
4. Day of Judgement Yom Hadim
5. Coronation of Messiah
6. Day of Remembrance
7. The birth pangs of Jacob"s trouble
8. The opening of the gates
9. The wedding ceremony
10. Resurrection (Rapture)
11. Last Trump
12. The Hidden Day

On Wed June 7, 1967, at the height of the 6th day war, Israeli forces pushed into Jerusalem and recaptured the Temple Mount. After 2000 yrs, the Jewish people's holiest place was once again in their possession. At the Western Wall, the last vestige of the walls that once surrounded the ancient temple, hardened soldiers wept openly in joy. Others embraced the rough stones that towered above them. The Chief Army Chaplain, Rabbi Schlomo Goren, then performed a very significant act: He sounded the shofar.

People familiar with prophetic designs of the Feast of Rosh Hashannah immediately recognized the intent of Rabbi Goren. By blowing the showfar, he symbolially announced to the world Israel's return to the home of their forefathers. This is the prophetic message of Rosh Hashannah - the future return, restoration,or regathering of the people of Israel back to the land God has given to them.

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