Tonight a “large noise” with a blowing of the Shofar or Ram’s Horn will be heard on the Walnut Street [Walking] Bridge in Chattanooga, TN. One of the baal tekiahs or Lords of the blowers of the trumpet will be Reggie Lisemby of Messianic Ministry to Israel who will blow one of his shofars, tonight the 4 foot long one.
Yom Teruach or the biblical “Day of Blowing” (Lev.23:4-14; Num.10:5,6) begins at sundown tonight as biblical days are the evening and the morning. Yom Teruach officially begins the first day of the seventh month of the Jewish/lunar calendar, the most holy month of the year for it is the seventh and it also encapsulates Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement and Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles. All together these are high holy days.
Rabbinic Judaism changed the name of the biblical feast of YHWH and its celebration. Rabbinic Judaism is of course not biblical Judaism but a reinvention with traditions, and philosophy of the sages. Biblical Judaism led believers to know Yeshua/Jesus, for example, Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah, John the Baptist, Peter and Andrew, Nathaniel, Phillip, Nicodemus, etc. From Babylonian captivity and the influence of Babylon came the new title, Rosh HaShanah meaning “New Year” although God was quite clear when the beginning of the new year is to be calculated, the month of Pesach or Passover (Exodus 12:1,2, “and this shall be the beginning of months for you…”). Babylon also influenced the naming of the months as God originally called them by number, “first month…second month…etc.” This is admitted in the Talmud (“The names of the months came up with them from Babylonia” Jerusalem Talmud, Rosh HaShanah 1:2 56d). In time perhaps to accommodate Israel or for cultural reasons God included both Babylonian and Canaanite names in Holy Scripture, but usually subsequent to or flanking the numerical month (“In the first month which is the month of Nisan in the twelfth year of King Achashverosh.” Esther 3:7).
Historically, the Jews in Babylon were subjected to a Babylonian lunar-solar celebration on the 1st day of what Babylonians called Tishrei. This coincided with God’s feast to Israel called Yom Teruach. What were Jews to do? We know by NT truths that many Jews remained loyal to God’s Word and came out of exile faithful, but many more perhaps most of Israel embraced many pagan festivals. The Jewish people began calling the seventh month its Babylonian name Tishrei and unto this day do so while also suggesting that Rosh HaShanah is 'second new year' of sorts, an agricultural new year. Of course in Israel it would be after the first rains when wood plows could tear the ground preparing the soil. Hardly this time of year and more likely 30 days and more later. But Holy Scripture forwards God's calendar; Holy Scripture says the feast of Sukkot which occurs five days after Yom Kippur which occurs ten days after Yom Teruach is “the going out of the year” (Exo.23:16) -not the beginning.
What does the feast mean for the Christian. In my book, Yom Teruach, the Day of Blowing ($7.00 payable to MMI) I share that Yeshua is the Hallmark of all feasts. Yeshua was the Passover Lamb fulfilling Passover; Yeshua was the unleavened bread fulfilling the Feast of Unleavened Bread; Yeshua resurrected and Matthew recorded that Old Testament saints walked through Jerusalem, thus, Yeshua fulfilled “First Fruits.” Yeshua blew in on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) fulfilling this feast of harvest.
It has been a long summer of harvest and perhaps this feast -tonight, tomorrow, the next day, the day after while one hundred blows on the trumpet occur, the last being the "last trump to sound" saints may disappear from this field to congregate in the New Jerusalem. Who knows? No one knows the day or the hour, but let’s be certain, we should be both looking and listening and especially during this Feast which may be given just for that purpose to remind us.
Tonight will commemorate our anticipation of the soon to occur "shout" and "the last trumpet shall sound!"
Reginald K. Lisemby
Executive Servant, Messianic Ministry to Israel
P.O. Box 22654
Chattanooga, TN 37422
1-866-ISRAEL 8 (toll free) email@example.com