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The Biblical Feast of Trumpets: Foretelling 'the Day of the Lord'

Does this ancient biblical feast hold great meaning for Christians today?

by Gary Petty

Every autumn the Jewish community observes a holiday called Rosh Hashanah (meaning "head of the year," because it begins the Jewish civil year). This is a biblical festival, known in Scripture as Yom Teruah, the Day of Trumpets, because the Israelites were to blow trumpets on that day (Leviticus 23:24). A shofar, or ram's horn, is blown calling the faithful to 10 days of repentance culminating in another biblical festival, Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement.

Most Christians find little meaning in these days, but could they hold an important message for you and your future?

In ancient Israel the shofar was blown for various reasons, including a call to war. Jewish leaders in the first century had to take care when they blew the shofar on the Feast of Trumpets so that the occupying Roman soldiers didn't think a rebellion was being launched.

The Bible speaks of a time before Christ's return when the earth will be engulfed in war, famine, disease epidemics, earthquakes and other colossal disasters. This era, called "the great tribulation" (Revelation 7:14; Matthew 24:21), will bring humanity to the brink of total destruction—necessitating God's promised intervention in human affairs.

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