As Jews all over the globe sound the shofar and celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) this year, the vast majority of Christians will have absolutely no idea that Rosh Hashanah is a Christian holiday too. It is a holiday that was created by God, it is a holiday that Jesus celebrated, it is a holiday that the first Christians celebrated, it is a holiday that foreshadows the return of Jesus, and it is a holiday that the entire world will celebrate during the 1,000 year reign of Jesus on earth.
Sadly, most Christians don’t know the first thing about this amazing festival. But Christians should learn about it. The truth is that God has always had His most important events foreshadowed by His festivals and has always had His most important events actually fall on the dates of these festivals.
For example, Passover foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and it was fulfilled on that day.
Pentecost foreshadowed the giving of the Holy Spirit and it was fulfilled on that day.
The Feast of Tabernacles foreshadowed the birth of the Messiah and it was fulfilled on that day.
So what does the Feast of Trumpets foreshadow?
It foreshadows the last trumpet before the return of Jesus Christ, and it seems almost a certainty that it will be fulfilled on that day as well.
Most Christians have never learned any of this. But now is a great time to start learning. The following are 6 reasons why Rosh Hashanah is a Christian holiday too….
#1 The Feast Of Trumpets Was Created By God
Unlike Easter, Halloween and Christmas (which were all originally pagan holidays that you won’t find in the Bible), the Feast of Trumpets is a holiday which was invented by God. It was one of the holidays that God commanded His people to keep in Leviticus 23 (among other places) and it has great prophetic significance just like all of the other festivals that God has given to us.
#2 The Feast Of Trumpets Remembers The Creation Of The World
All of God’s festivals are about remembering something and about looking forward to something. Christians and Jews have traditionally believed that it was on the Feast of Trumpets that God created the world. Isn’t that something for all of us to celebrate?
#3 The Feast Of Trumpets Is A Memorial Of God’s Grace To Abraham When He Substituted A Ram To Be Sacrificed Instead Of Isaac
All of God’s festivals always point to Jesus. It is traditionally believed that it was on this day that Abraham nearly sacrificed his son before God intervened and provided a ram instead. Abraham did not know it at the time, but his actions were foreshadowing the time when God would sacrifice His Son for the good of all humanity.
A shofar is actually a ram’s horn and so the fact that the shofar plays such a key role on the Feast of Trumpets also links the events of Genesis 22 to this day. We remember when God provided a ram for Abraham and we remember when God provided His Son to pay for the sins of all mankind.
#4 Jesus Celebrated The Feast Of Trumpets
The Scriptures tell us that Jesus was without sin. He perfectly obeyed the entire Law, and that included keeping the Feast of Trumpets and all of God’s festival days.
#5 Jesus Told Us That We Should Keep The Festivals
In Matthew 5:17-19, Jesus said that those who keep God’s Law (that includes keeping His festivals) will be called the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven…..
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
#6 The First Christians Celebrated The Feast Of Trumpets
Easter, Christmas and Halloween had not been invented when the first Christians were running around. Instead, they celebrated the holidays that God invented and that had always been celebrated by believers. If you go through the book of Acts, you will find many examples of this. In fact, on the very first festival day after Jesus rose from the dead (Pentecost), God poured out His Holy Spirit on the early disciples.
It was almost as if God was confirming that His festivals were still going to be important in the church age.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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