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The Spring Festivals has to do with The Messiah’s First Coming and the restoration
of the Spiritual side of mankind and the Fall Festivals has to do with the Second
Coming and the restoration of the Physical side of humanity through the gathering of
His people. Yom Teruah or the Day of Trumpets is the first of the three Fall Festivals
and is a day that is filled with special meaning about the reunification of both the
houses of Israel.
We know that our Messiah was born on Sukkot (Tabernacles), became our Sacrificial
Lamb on Pesach (Passover), was raised from the dead on the Day of First Fruits,
then poured out His Spirit on Shavuot (Pentecost). Similarly, many believe He will
return to rule and reign as Judge of the whole earth on Yom Kippur (Day of
Atonement), and that He will forevermore Tabernacle here on Earth with His people
Note: Festivals is the Hebrew word “mo-ed” which is also the word ‘season’. YHVH
made the sun moon and starts to reveal to us His “mo-edim” or cycles of celebration’
on which He have appointments with man to come and fulfil His Redemption Plan.
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The beginning of months is counted from 1 Nissan and is where the months are
numbered. This is known as the Spiritual New Year and starts with Passover, the
beginning of your spiritual cycle.
Exo 1z:z This month sholl he to gou the heginning o[ months. 1t sholl
he the [irst month o[ the geor to gou.
On the Seventh Month YHVH instructed to start or count the Sabbatical cycles, the
seven year Sabbath or rest for the land as well as the seven Sabbatical years which
is every 49 years and better known as Jubilee.
Leo zg:a But in the seoenth geor sholl he o sohhoth o[ rest to the
lond, o sohhoth [or YHVH. You sholl neither sou gour [ield, nor
prune gour oinegord.
Leo zg:S-o And gou sholl numher seoen sohhoths o[ geors to gou,
seoen times seoen geors. And the time o[ the seoen sohhoths o[ geors
sholl he [ortg-nine geors to gou. (o) Then gou sholl couse the
trumpet o[ the juhilee to sound on the tenth o[ the seoenth month: in
the dog o[ otonement, the trumpet sholl sound throughout oll gour
The Seventh month (Tishri) counts the beginning of these 7 yearly cycles. This cycle
counts the Sabbatical years as well as the Jubilee years and is signalled on the Day
of Atonement or Yom Kippur. (10 Tishri). Our High Priest entered into the heavenly
Temple to present His blood before the Father to signify the year of Jubilee for us,
where all our debt were cancelled and our sin forgiven. This is also the month from
where a king’s reign is counted and in Jewish culture it is known as the Civil New
Year known as Rosh haShanah.
Believers in Messiah need to understand the true significance of the starting of the
Seventh month because they might miss out on this unique feast day. It is much
more than a civil new year. This feast is different in that, Yom Teruah is the only feast
that falls at the beginning of the month and thus coincides with a celebration of the
New Moon. Yom Teruah also marks the beginning of the Fall Feasts (Leviticus
23:23-25). Traditionally, it begins what is called the “Ten Days of Awe,” a time
wherein we are to make peace with our brothers, before the Day of Atonement.
Pso 1oa:1o He oppointed the moon [or seosons(mo-edimJ: the sun
knous its going doun.
We are told that the Father “made the moon to
mark the seasons” and we know that in fact,
the moon does not produce light, but instead
reflects the light of the sun. So it is with the
Body of Messiah: Y’shua is the Son/Sun, and
we are called to reflect His light. Thus,
celebrating the New Moon gives us opportunity
to reflect the truth of Y’shua’s glory to others.
We also suggest the little-understood feast of
Yom Teruah offers a special time for Messiah’s
Body to reflect to the world the truths of the
Elohim of Israel and to gather the whole house of Israel. (Refer to the Two Houses
teaching and the gathering of the scattered tribes). On the New Moon, and thus on
Yom Teruah, Israel is to blow two hammered silver trumpets (Numbers 10:1-10).
Listening with the ears of the Spirit to a brief outline of the
instructions for this time will help us to see Yom Teruah in its
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Silver is the Hebrew word “keseph” that is linked to the
refining fire of YHVH.
The tongue o[ the righteous is choice siloer: The hecrt o[ the uronq is o[
little tclue. (z:) The lips o[ the righteous shepherd mong, But [ools die
[or lock o[ heort.
Pso_1z:o The Words o[ YHVH ore cleon Words, Siloer tried in o
[urnoce o[ eorth, Re[ined seoen times
Your words are like silver, a precious metal, if used wisely, and to keep it that way,
you should think seven times before you speak one word to make sure that you will
only speak the words and wisdom of YHVH. You will be judged by every evil word
you have uttered.
Mot_1z:go-g¬ "And 1 sog to gou thot [or eoerg i id dl le e u uo or rd d men speok,
theg sholl gioe on occount o[ it in the dog o[ judgment. (g¬J "1or hg
gour uords gou sholl he declored righteous, ond hg gour uords gou
sholl he declored unrighteous."
This is one of the instructions that are casually broken, not thinking that it will have an
effect on our salvation. Idle words are words that we have looked at in the previous
section; lies, slander, complaining, unclean words est. The tongue is the smallest of
all your members, but can set a wild fire alight.
Jos_g:g So too the tongue is o little memher, get hoosts greotlg. See
hou o little [ire kindles o greot [orestl
Luk_1o:za And he cried cnd scid, Icther Abrchcm, hcte mercu on me cnd
send Lczcrus so thct he mcu dip the tip o[ his [inqer in ucter cnd cool mg
tongue, [or 1 om tormented in this [lome.
The tongue is to be refined seven times, this is done with a flame as when refining
silver. If you do not let your tongue be refined by the fire of the Spirit, where YHVH
helps you to control your tongue, your tongue will be refined later in the tormenting
flame. Rather let the Spirit help you to do it than the tormenting flame of judgement.
YHVH said Israel was to make two trumpets of silver hammered work and priests
were to blow them. The united sound of the trumpets would then be used to summon
all Israel, and to have the camps set out. Two trumpets were to be sounded when
going to war in the land, that we might be remembered before our Elohim, and by
Him, be saved from our enemies.
Note that the two silver trumpets of Numbers chapter 10 were
1. Gather the assembly (vs. 2)
2. Move the camp (vs. 5)
3. Prepare for war (vs. 9)
4. Celebrate the feasts (vs. 10)
Trumpet in Hebrew is the word “chats-o-tser-aw” and it comes from the
root “chatsare” that means ‘village, court and enclosure’. The last part of this
word is “tsar” and it means ‘enemy, flint, and a hard stone’. The first part of this
word is “chayts” that means ‘arrow, to divide, half and to be cut off’. All these
words have to do with assembling the people or war, cutting the enemies off.
There are two trumpets that signify the two houses that will be gathered during this
time within the Plan of YHVH. It also signifies unity and by watching your tongue and
keep it refines like silver, unity will be restored within the Body of Messiah. Do not
focus your energy towards the brothers splitting hairs on minor issues and
differences; rather focus your energy on Satan to overcome him in the time of war.
Mol g:g And He sholl sit os o re[iner ond puri[ier o[ siloer. And He
sholl puri[g the sons o[ Leoi, ond purge them os gold ond siloer, thot
theg mog he o[[erers o[ o [ood o[[ering in righteousness to YHVH.
1Pe z:o But gou ore o chosen generotion, o rogol priesthood, o holg
notion, o people [or possession, so thot gou might speok o[ the
proises o[ Him uho hos colled gou out o[ dorkness into His
We are the Priesthood, the Levites, the Bride in this world today, chosen by YHVH
and called to carry His light in this dark time. We are to be refined like silver to stand
worthy of this task. We are like silver trumpets that will cause us to face the enemy
and those who follow him will be cut off and separated from YHVH’s people whom
He is assembling through us being these silver trumpets sounding in this dark time.
1soioh gS:1 Crg loudlg, do not hold hock: roise gour ooice like o trumpet,
ond declore to Mg people their tronsgression ond to the house o[ Jocoh
The trumpets also depict voices (Revelation 1:10) and you need to live out the
Torah to set an example to the people around you and speak out to reveal what sin
is, so that the people may repent and be gathered unto YHVH and serve Him.
Historically, there have been only two people groups on the earth that have been
giving voice to a testimony about the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:
“Christians” and Jews, Ephraim and Judah. They are the only two major people
groups to claim that YHVH is their Elohim. This is not said to imply that everyone who
says they belong to either group is acceptable to Him, but to say that both claim to
believe in Him, and for many centuries both have been giving testimony about Him.
In this way, we see them as “two witnesses” for the Elohim of Israel. This also is not
said to deny that there may be two actual latter-day witnesses whom He will raise up.
It is merely to state that, historically, these two people groups have been “two
witnesses” for the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
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He said of the sons of Israel, “You are My
witnesses” (Isaiah 43:10), and He then
divided Israel’s twelve tribes into two
houses: Ephraim/Israel and Judah (2
Chronicles 11:4). Moreover, in Israel, all
things must be confirmed by “two or more”
witnesses before a truth can be believed
(Numbers 35:30; Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15;
John 8:17; 2 Corinthians 13:1). For this
reason, YHVH also has two witnesses:
Ephraim (scattered Israel) and Judah
The problem is that His two witnesses have not been sounding their voices in unison.
Instead, they spend much of their energy denying one another, and to gather all
Israel, the two trumpets must be made of refined silver, and they must sound in
harmony, for it is their unified voice that will gather all the tribes.
Yom Teruah foretells the day when two voices will speak in perfect harmony. It
foretells two refined witnesses who will ultimately serve their purpose, which is to
confirm the Father’s truth in the earth – Genesis to Revelation. Some claim it is not
clear from Scripture that the silver trumpets are to be used to announce Yom Teruah,
and some say the ram’s horn, or shofar, instead should be used. Yom Teruah falls on
the first of the month and at the time of the New Moon, we know for certain that two
silver trumpets are to be blown (Numbers 10:2,10). “On the first day of the seventh
month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound
the trumpets” (Numbers 29:1, KJV).
The word translated trumpets, is teruah. Strong’s defines it as a “clangor of
trumpets, a signal, shout, blast of war, alarm, or joy.” It comes from a word that
means to cry out in distress, joy, or triumph, or to give a war-cry or battle alarm.
Yom Teruah begins with the sound of the silver trumpets, and Jubilee begins with the
blowing of the shofar. Every fifty years there is a Jubilee year, and it always begins
on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), thus this feast would naturally begin with the
sound of the shofar.
Perhaps the shofar is to be used for these occasions because the focus of Yom
Kippur and Jubilee is not on a declaration being made by confirming voices, but on
the finished work of the Sacrifice Lamb. Thus it is appropriate that a ram’s horn be
used to begin Yom Kippur and the year of Jubilee. These times also are associated
with the voice of the Almighty. Its haunting sound heralds the time when He declares
that bond-servant is can return to his land and family; its prophetic
cry announces freedom, deliverance, and equality for all Israel.
Judah has used the shofar almost exclusively to announce their
feasts. The shofar is mentioned several times in the Torah: three
times it was sounded at Mount Sinai, and it is mentioned once in
the instructions about announcing the year of Jubilee (Exodus
19:16,19; 20:18; Leviticus 25:9). It is thereafter mentioned repeatedly in the Book of
Joshua and following its powerful sound Jericho’s walls fell down flat (Joshua 6:4-20)
The golden sound of the shofar clearly has its place in the divine plan. It has
especially been used by the Holy One to tear down walls. We sound the trumpets in
order to stir the hearts of the people and bring them to repentance by causing them
to realize that the disaster resulted because of their sins.
However, some have assigned to the shofar attributes that were assigned to the
silver trumpets, and we do not want to overlook their importance, we do not want to
miss the foreshadowing of our call to unity as a people. (Note that unity does not
As we begin to see the place of the silver trumpets let us not make it an issue of
silver trumpets versus shofars, lest we miss the point. For it is not about what is
blown, as much as what is in the heart of the one who is blowing. Our hearts need to
be full of faith that our Father is gathering and restoring the whole house of Israel at
this time through a unified call (Numbers 10:3). From this quick overview we see that
Yom Teruah marks a time of “darkness,” as well as a time when Believers are
especially called to reflect the truth of the Messiah. It is a time for the unified voices
of Judah and Ephraim to sound an alarm, to wake up, and to gather YHVH’s people
before the Second Coming of our Messiah.
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