The Feast of Trumpets is one of four New Years in the Jewish Calendar.
The “ecclesiastical” calendar has its New Year on the 1st of Nissan, which leads up to Passover (Pesach) on the 14th.
The civil calendar, when the number designating the year is increased by one, has its New Year on the 1st of Tishri, the Feast of Trumpets (also known as the Day of Blowing), which leads up to the Fast of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) on the 10th of Tishri, and the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) on the 15th of Tishri.
There are two other New Years, the New Year of Trees, and the New Year of Cattle, but these are for purposes of tithing, and I won’t distract you by talking of them year. In due time, I will put up a post on the four New Years.
The Feast of Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah, which means the Head or first day of the Year.
Rosh Hashanah can be regarded as a day of new beginnings. One Jewish tradition holds that Adam was created on the 1st of Tishri, so that the day the Creation began was five days earlier.
God has designated this specific time as the time for repentance, for turning from sin and returning to God.
In fact, the Jews observe the whole of the previous month, Ellul, as the month of self-examination to determine what to repent of. They can then spend ten days repenting as thoroughly as they can of every sin they remember from the previous year.
September/October is a time to enter the harvest fields for the fruits harvest! Farmers eagerly wait for the rains that will cause their fruit crops to produce a good harvest. Israel has two rains, one in the first half of the ecclesiastical year (the early rain) and that extends into the second half of the ecclesiastical year, which is the first half of the civil year. (This is therefore known as the “latter rain”.)
Deuteronomy 11:14 refers to “the first rain and the latter rain”. They produce two harvests: the first harvest of corn, and the second harvest of grapes (and fruits like olive).
Deuteronomy 11:14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
Hosea 6:3 and Joel 2:23 call the rains “the former rain” and “the latter rain”.
Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
In Joel 2, God is promising a time when He will pour down the former and the latter rain in the same month. This symbolizes the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit towards the end times.
There is a new wave of Jewish salvations in the USA and around the world! The last time this occurred was during the Jesus Movement where the U.S. had the largest harvest of souls in America. More Jews came to salvation during this time than any other time in U.S. history. The new wave of Jewish salvation is taking place in today’s world. When you see the Jews coming to the Lord again in record numbers, the Gentile harvest is not far behind. There is a huge harvest upon us!
When God starts to shake the nations it’s like shaking an apple tree for the fruit to fall. Either you will be shaken or you will be at the bottom of the tree with your harvesting basket ready to receive the harvest! When Egypt was shaken it actually was the best of times for God’s people in Israel. During the worst economical, natural, political shaking, Israel was set free from slavery, wealth was released to them in one lump sum for 500 years of free labor, and they started their journey back to the Promised Land – when they obeyed His directives.
We are in a similar season. God is about to cancel debts, save entire households, and payback time is coming from what the enemy stole in the past season. What are you looking for and expecting? If you are looking for the harvest you will find it. If you are looking for doom and gloom, you can easily find this too just by watching the news. We know certain things are going to happen that will appear negative to the world, but to His people walking right with Him and listening to His directives these are divine opportunities for harvest and blessing!
The Bible clearly says in Matthew 24 that there will be famines, wars and rumors of wars, persecution, etc. Most people stop there and don’t see the end result in Matthew 24:14 that says, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”