Much of the world celebrates the new year as December 31st turns into January 1st, however my Jewish people celebrate our new year at Rosh Hashanna or the Feast of Trumpets.
#1: The Lord established the Feast of Trumpets in Leviticus 23:23-25.
#2: At sundown on September 29, 2019, the Jewish year will be 5780, reflecting the tradition of counting the years since Creation.
#3: Rosh Hashanna is celebrated by gathering together to eat sweet foods, which symbolize a sweet year, and to hear the soul-stirring sound of the shofar blast. The common greeting is “L’shana tova” which means happy new (good) year.
#4: Rosh Hashanna is the first of the three fall feasts, including also the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). The ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, are called the Days of Awe, where my Jewish people are encouraged to repent in order to secure their names in the Book of Life.
#5: Rosh Hashanna points to the ultimate, last trumpet call of Jesus’ return!
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NKJV)
As Christians we joyfully anticipate that sound of the last trumpet “for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). Hallelujah!