- I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, (Isaiah 62:6)
Ushering in the Jewish New Year:
Israel is celebrating the Feast of Trumpets (also known as Rosh Hashanah) which marks the end of the year Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (Gregorian calendar) the Jewish month of Elul, and ushering in the Jewish New Year beginning Thursday, September 25, 2014 (Gregorian calendar) the month of Tishrei.
According to ancient times, the Jewish New Year was celebrated in autumn during the harvest, the opening of the economic year after the seasons of seed-sowing, growth and ripening of the corn under the influence of the latter rains, harvest and in gathering of the fruits much like our Thanksgiving in November in America.
The New Year is symbolic in observance of two holy days based on God’s anniversary calendar that He created Adam and Eve and a time of judgment of the righteous and unrighteous.
Purpose of Remembrance:
The blowing of the shofar is sounded as a remembrance to His congregation that we are in His presence, a solemn time of judgment signifying “the fate of the wicked, the righteous, and those of an intermediate class are recorded. The names of the righteous are immediately inscribed in the book of life, and they are sealed “to live.” The intermediate class are allowed a respite of ten days, until Yom Kippur, to reflect, repent and become righteous; the wicked are “blotted out of the book of the living forever.” (Wikipedia)
This is the time to get right with God, recognize and confess sins, ask for forgiveness and receive forgiveness, with a pure heart.
Custom Symbolic Foods:
In modern times the celebration table is served with grapes, other fruits, and honey. After the benediction of “Ha-Moẓeh” the bread is dipped in the honey, when the following benediction is recited: “May it please the Lord our God and God of our fathers to renew for us a good and sweet year.” The feasting is in anticipation that the prayers will be acceptable, and in reliance on the goodness of God. In ancient times the Jews on Rosh ha-Shanah were dressed in white. “Unlike the accused who is dressed in black before the tribunal, the Jews are dressed in white on the Day of Judgment. (Jewishencyclopedia.com)
Feast of Trumpets & the Rapture:
Does the Rapture take place during the Feast of Trumpets? Let’s see what Pastor Evangelist, Perry Stone’s teaching has on this issue:
Proof the Rapture Is During
the Feast of Trumpets
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem:
God has mandated us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. If not us, who then will pray for Jerusalem?
Praying for one another brings peace to the House of God and to one self.
- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.”(Psalm 122:6)
I don’t know about you, but I want to prosper, and I certainly want my name in the Book of Life so I pray as I am commanded for the Peace of Jerusalem.
We have much to be thankful for in observing His will for our lives.