I’m not Jewish. But a while back I had a strange dream that led me to think about Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish holiday that begins on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishri (for 2010 this falls on September 9th).
“‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire.” Lev. 23:24-25
One of the most important parts of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue. The shofar is a trumpet made from the horn of an animal. In biblical times, it served as a call to arms during war, the alarm for disaster, a signal to gather, and to proclaim the anointing of a king.
The day before Rosh Hashanah, there are no trumpet blasts. But then the day itself brings 100 trumpet blasts.
Can you imagine it? On the eve of Rosh Hashanah (called Erev Rosh Hashanah) everything is quiet, preparations are made, and the mood is “festive but serious.” And then the sacred day comes, and Jews attend special services together and hear multiple shofar blasts that must certainly stand in stark contrast to the silence from the day before. It is a time of repentance and spiritual awakening.
Now consider these verses:
And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. Rev. 8:2
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our LORD and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Rev. 11:15
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 Thess. 4:16
Christians, today is our Erev Rosh Hashanah. Everything is quiet, preparations are being made, and the mood is festive but serious. Jesus is near, right at the door. He is our sacrifice, our atonement, our “offering made to the Lord.”
Are you ready for tomorrow?