Feast of Trumpets – Tishri begins with Rosh Hashana which is also known as Yom Teruah (The Day of Trumpets or The Feast of Trumpets). This year Yom Teruah (The Day of Trumpets or The Feast of Trumpets) begins at sundown on Monday, September 30, 2019 and ends at sundown on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. This is the first of the three feasts yet to be fulfilled! Even Moses declared and prophesied that it would become a “holy convocation”!
“23 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the Lord.” (Leviticus 23:23-25)
This feast is a call for repentance and should be announced with the blasts of trumpets. It marks the beginning of a new agricultural year which is dedicated to God for His provision. It’s a time of great joy with prayers, songs and the sounding of the trumpets!
“Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.” (Psalm 81:3)
This is one of the most sacred days for the Jews. It’s a period of repentance and prayer. On the first day the Jews symbolically “cast off” the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread into flowing water. Prayers are made that many hear the sound of the shofar and are spiritually awakened.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the ninth day of Tishri. It begins at sunset on that day and continues until sunset the next day, lasting about 25 hours. This is a day of “fasting” for observant Jews.
“26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 27 “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves[d] and present a food offering to the Lord. 28 And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For whoever is not afflicted[e] on that very day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And whoever does any work on that very day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall not do any work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. 32 It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.”” (Leviticus 23:26-32)
Webster’s Dictionary defines “atonement” as “reparation for a wrong or injury” and in a religious context “reparation or expiation for sin”. Christian Theology defines it as “the reconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ”. During this day we acknowledge any misdeeds over the past year, we look for opportunities to apologize and make things right. We are asking God’s forgiveness, atonement, for our sins and to start off fresh for the new year. This is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. At the end of Yom Kippur, at sundown you should shift your mood to joy and release!
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles/Feast of Booths) – Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths, starts at sundown on Monday, October 14, 2019 thru sundown on Sunday, October 20, 2019 and is always 5 days after Yom Kippur. It’s a week long festival commemorating the 40-year journey of the Israelites in the wilderness. It’s one of the 3 great pilgrimage feasts recorded in the bible where all Jewish males were required to appear before the Lord in the Temple in Jerusalem.
Sukkot means booths and during this time Jews observe this time by building and dwelling in temporary shelters the same way the Hebrew people did while wandering in the dessert. During this joyous celebration we are reminded of God’s deliverance, protection, provision and faithfulness to His people.
“33 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths[f] to the Lord. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. 36 For seven days you shall present food offerings to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work.” (Leviticus 23:33-36)
Also see: Numbers 29:12-40, Deuteronomy 16:13-15, Ezra 3:4, and Nehemiah 8:13-18
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