Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hoshanah

A shofar made from the horn of a Greater kudu

A Shofar made from the horn of a Greater kudu.
The type of trumpet used for the Feast of Trumpets historically has been some type of animal horn.


Tonight at sunset begins the Feast of Trumpets (see The Book of Life and the Feast of Trumpets?), normally referred to by the Jews as Rosh Hoshanah.  It begins at the 29th of September 2008 and continues until sunset on the 30th of September.

Although many Jews outside of Israel celebrate it for two days, in the Bible it is only shown to be a one day festival:

23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:23-25).

Those of us in the Living Church of God consider ourselves to be true Israel as the Apostle Paul taught (cf. Romans 9:6-9;24-26), hence we imitate his and Jesus’ example (as Paul advised 1 Corinthians 11:1) and continue to observe this Holy Day in the 21st century.

Trumpets are used throughout the Bible and are prominent in Bible prophecy.

There will be trumpets blown during the Day of the Lord and Jesus will return with the sound of a great trumpet:

6 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 (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

The first resurrection occurs at that time.  Notice that Paul also mentions that in association with the “last trumpet”:

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed– 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Many who profess Christ simply do not fully understand biblical prophecy nor truly understand God’s real plan of salvation because they fail to observe the same days that Jesus, the apostles, the early church, and the true church have kept.

Oddly, a greater amount actually keep demonically-inspired days (like Halloween) that the Bible never endorses.

Several articles of possibly related interest may include:

What Did Early Christians Understand About the Resurrection? Is there more than one future resurrection? Did early Christians teach a physical resurrection? Did early Christians teach three resurrections?
Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis Do you believe what the Bible actually teaches on this? Will all good things be restored? Does God’s plan of salvation take rebellion and spiritual blindness into account?
Hope of Salvation: How the Living Church of God differ from most Protestants How the Living Church of God differs from mainstream/traditional Protestants, is perhaps the question I am asked most by those without a Church of God background.
The Similarities and Dissimilarities between Martin Luther and Herbert W. ArmstrongThis article clearly shows some of the doctrinal differences between in the two. At this time of doctrinal variety and a tendency by many to accept certain aspects of Protestantism, the article should help clarify why the Living Church of God is NOT Protestant. Do you really know what the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther taught and should you follow his doctrinal example?
Is There “An Annual Worship Calendar” In the Bible? This paper provides a biblical and historical critique of several articles, including one by WCG which states that this should be a local decision. What do the Holy Days mean? Also you can click here for the calendar of Holy Days.
Did Early Christians Observe the Fall Holy Days? Did they? Did Jesus? Should you?
The Book of Life and the Feast of Trumpets? Are they related? Is so how? If not, where not?
Holy Day Calendar This is a listing of the biblical holy days through 2012, with their Roman calendar dates. They are really hard to observe if you do not know when they occur 🙂

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