A Day of Shouting: Yom Teruah 2016

Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.

The seventh (month of Tishri) New Moon has been sighted in Jerusalem, Israel.

10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God.


Blowing of the trumpet on the New Moon [Image: Holman Bible]

23 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 24 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. 25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

The following can be garnered at the Renewed Moon site:

For Israel-based observers, the 7th new moon was sighted on Sunday evening, October 2nd in the area of Meron Mountains by David Katsikas and confirmed in Kiryat Ata by Yoel Halevi.

This would mark the arrival of the Fall Feasts — Teruah, Kippur, Sukkot:

  • Day of Trumpets/Yom Teruah* (Day 1 of Month 7): October 2nd
  • Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur* (Day 10 of Month 7): October 11th
  • First Day of Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot* (Day 15 of Month 7): October 16th
  • Last Day of Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot (Day 21 of Month 7): October 22nd
  • Last Great Day/Shemini Atzeret* (Day 22 of Month 7): October 23rd

Is Yom Teruah a day of celebration or a call to arms? Perhaps it’s both.


Last Drinks at the ‘Last Chance’ Hotel

The Day of Shouting or Blowing of the Trumpet

Yom Teru’ah has been misappropriated as head of the year (Rosh Hashanah, or New Years’ Day), a remnant of pagan influence on rabbinical Judaism courtesy of Babylonian exile.

The ‘Last Trump’ of New Testament eschatology refers to the last of a traditional 100-blasts of the trumpet blown on this day of Yom Teru’ah. [The less-commonly held belief that the ‘Last Trump’ is a reference to the seventh and final Trumpet of the Apocalypse seems less credible.]

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. —1 Cor 15:52

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: — 1 Thes 4:16

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. —Ephesians 5:14

These verses suggest a link to the unanimously misunderstood ‘rapture’ of the church. Yes, the rapture is a real event. But it represents a spiritual transmigration (most likely at a point of psychological extremis), rather than a fleshly teleportation that so many Christians—incredulously—anticipate. It is a metaphysical, not a physical, event.

As we close out a seventh Shmittah (7 x 7 = 49) and approach the Jubilee (50th year), there is a not unreasonable chance that the Tribulation will begin tomorrow (Sunday 13th) evening (Yom Teru’ah).

Finally, we do well to recall that Yom Teruah is the only moadim (appointment) with YHWH that falls on the first of the month (Rosh Chodesh). As such, its timing based on the siting of the first sliver of the new moon. This was historically—and rather pragmatically—celebrated on both the first and second days (known colloquially by the Hebraism ‘One Long Day’) of the seventh month. A technicality that gave Yom Teruah the pseudonym “The Day That No-One Knows“, yet another Hebraism that Yahuwshuwa did allude to (Matthew 24:36-37) and a source of much angst for the self-confessed, but not born-again, Christian.

A watchman knows.

“Last Drinks!”

Feast of trumpets I, Alexander Gierymski (1884) [As uploaded by User:BurgererSF, Wikimedia Commons]

Yom Teruah

The Day of Shouting heralds a 10-day period of repentance, leading to the Day of Atonement. Karaite Jews cut it back to its bare-bones Torah form, while the image below represents a Christian interpretation in the context of all seven Feasts of the Lord.


The Lord’s Feasts are His appointed times (moyadim). Some argue that Christians, being of a different dispensation or covenant, don’t need to meet these obligations. Perhaps that is so. But it is a brave person that concludes that these feasts have no prophetic significance in God’s timeline.


In this light, let us reconsider the as yet unfulfilled Fall Feasts, with their respective 2014 dates:

September 25-26: Tishri 1 – Feast of TRUMPETS (Yom Teru’ah)
Awakening to Judgement (Rosh Hashanah). And so begins a 10-day period (cf. Days of Awe) of prayer, self-examination, and repentance. Here’s a thought: could this feast be considered the “Feast that No one Knows the Day or the Hour“?

October 4: Tishri 10 – Feast of ATONEMENT (Yom Kippur)
The Holiest Day of the year and provides prophetic insight regarding the second coming of Massiach, the restoration of the nation of Israel, and the final judgement of the world. What year will He return? Some say He already has.

October 9-15: Tishri 15-22 – Feast of TABERNACLES (Sukkot)
A seven-day celebration coinciding with the end of the four-species harvest (Festival of Ingathering) and representing the time of restored fellowship with the Lord.

Pastor Bob at Five Doves has written a nice piece about Yom Teruah.

The 2014 Day of Repentance is fast approaching. What will the sound of its trumps bring? Safer than sorry means best to pray that you are found worthy: Hold onto your sombrero, and keep your feet on the ground.