Tonight begins the Jewish feast of Rosh Ha Shana, or the Head of the Year, which simply means the New Year. In Biblical times, Israel began its civil new year on Rosh Ha Shana and a new Feast year at Passover. This time of celebration begins with a series of three Fall Feasts, beginning with the celebration of the Head of the Year which leads into the Days of Awe and then culminates in Yom Kippur, otherwise know as the Day of Atonement.
Rosh Ha Shana is a time of great celebration and the sounding of the Shofar was heard throughout Israel and wherever the scattered tribes of Israel lived throughout the centuries.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
After this feast begins the Days of Awe as stated above after the Head of the Year celebration. This is to usher in thoughts of repentance and asking humbly for forgiveness for all of our mistakes. This lasts for ten days, after which, the third Fall Feast begins, Yom Kippur. Christians celebrate these Fall Feasts by placing Y’shua ha Mashiach at the center of our thoughts and keeping Him as the central focus. It was the coming of the Messiah and His sacrificial death as the final atonement; seeing that Yeshua came as the Lamb of God. He made it available for our sins, transgressions and iniquities to be removed as we plead the Holy Blood of our Messiah, which has been eternally placed on the Mercy seat in Heaven before the One True God. This indeed is a time of great celebration for God has shown great mercy upon all of His people.
The feast technically begins on the eve of September 24th, since the new day begins at sundown and continues until September 25th at sundown. According to the Jewish calendar, September 25th is reserved as the second day of Rosh Ha Shana for those that live outside of Israel. Some Scriptures that you can read are:
1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:10
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
So today at sundown, let us begin a joyful celebration, whether you can physically hear the blowing of a Shofar or not, let the spiritual Shofar be heard in your spirit as we look to our God for all of the wonderful things that He has brought to pass as He is fulfilling all of these great Feasts which will culminate with the arrival of our King and God.