The Fall Feasts of YHVH begin with Yom Teruah (Day of Blowing).
"Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation." And, "In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets" (Lev 23:14; Num 29:1).
This day of rest/sabbaton (a Sabbath Feast Day) is to be a day of blowing/teruah. Yet, many mistakenly call this day, Rosh Hashana.
However, the Word says, "This [Spring month of Abib] is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year" (Exodus 12:2).
Even as the Early Christians were influenced by pagan Roman traditions, so were the Jews influenced by pagan Babylonian traditions. While there, the rabbis began to incorporate certain aspects of the Babylonian New Year and change began to creep into the feast of Yom Teruah. We see this transition in the Book of Esther, verse 3:7, "In the First Month, which is the month of Nissan, in the twelfth year of King Achashverosh." At that time, Judah was living in the Persian Empire, which used the Babylonian calendar, and so too, did Judah use it.
That is how the misunderstanding began to grow. But now, we want to return to the truth of our roots, and to the fact that Yom Teruah is supposed to serve as a memorial, a reminder. We are supposed to "remember," to rehearse a certain sound, or teruw'ah. But what sound is it that we are to remember? What is this day really all about?
To understand this day, we need to see that voices are likened to trumpets: "Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, And declare to My people their transgression And to the house of Jacob their sins" (Isa 58:1).
We also see that "two hammered silver trumpets" were destined to play a profound role in Israel's destiny. And, we were instructed to blow, or sound/teruah these silver trumpets with various sounds. Such as, a shout/sound of joy, a call for the people to gather, an alarm, a war or battle cry, or a blast that is followed by the outset of a march (Strong's H8643). Yom Teruah calls for a holy convocation, one that marks us as being "set apart." In it, we do no servile work (Lev 23:25). Restated, we do not do the work of other masters, but have been set apart and belong only to the Holy One, Who calls us to a day of rest and remembrance.
We also note that Yom Teruah is unique in that it is the only feast that begins with the sighting of the New Moon. It signifies a time of darkness, and yet, it marks a time when light begins to show forth.
All other feasts occur during the Full Moon. Because Yom Teruah is tied to the sighting of the New Moon of the Seventh Month, some believe that it refers to "The day and hour that no man knows," thus, they tie it to Messiah's return (Mat 24:36-42). But, His return is a day of "judgment" and that is best represented by Yom Kippur - a day wherein our fate is decided (Lev 16:30; Rev 19:15-21). Moreover, it is decreed that a "shofar" is to be sounded on Yom Kippur, and the shofar represents the voice of our LORD (Exo 19:19). We furthermore read in 1st Corinthians 15:51-52 that we will all be changed, at the sound "the last trumpet," it being singular, like the sound of the singular shofar of Yom Kippur (see 1 Th 4:16; Rev 10:7).
Even though instructions for Yom Teruah were sketchy, we find that its sound was different. We discover its instructions when we realize that this Feast is tied to sighting the New Moon.
In the following verses, we find instructions for using the two hammered silver trumpets that Moses was told to make. These verses come alive when we see that trumpets represent voices, that there are two houses of Israel, and two trumpets, and that hammered silver represents two that have been tested and purified.
"The LORD spoke further to Moses, saying, 'Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out. When both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting. Yet if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you. But when you blow an alarm, the camps that are pitched on the east side shall set out. When you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are pitched on the south side shall set out; an alarm is to be blown for them to set out. When convening the assembly, however, you shall blow without sounding an alarm. The priestly sons of Aaron, moreover, shall blow the trumpets; and this shall be for you a perpetual statute throughout your generations. When you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies. Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God.' I am the LORD your God."
In these verses we see that when the trumpets are blown in unison, when the voices of both houses sound in harmony, then all the congregation shall gather themselves at the doorway of the tent of meeting. This tells us that, if we want to see the whole house of Israel be gathered, then harmony has to come to Ephraim and Judah. Even as Israel was united under King David, so they need to unite under the Greater Son of David, Messiah Yeshua. Then and only then will they find themselves at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
Priests were the only ones who could sound these trumpets. Theirs is to be a holy sound. When it comes to celebrating Yom Teruah, priestly holiness is a required "perpetual statute" throughout our generations. Personal holiness is key to being able to create this sound. It will not be heard apart from personal holiness on the part of those who seek to make it.
When we go to war in our land against the adversary, both trumpets need to be sounded in unison, in this way, we will be remembered before YHVH our GOD and saved from our enemies. This point reveals the truth that we will only find true personal salvation and national salvation when we are in harmony in He Who is Salvation: Messiah Yeshua.
All of our feasts, and New Moons are supposed to feature the united sound of the twin silver trumpets. Without their proscribed harmonious sound, our feasts will never be all that they were created to be.
Yom Teruah is called a Memorial of Blowing (Lev 23:24). In it, we are called to remember the meaning and sound of two unified hammered silver trumpets. We are called to remember and regard as holy our time of union, and a whole and blessed House of Israel. Yom Teruah is said to be the first day of the "Ten Days of Awe." It is a time for us to make peace with our brethren, before the coming of the Great and Awesome Day of Judgment: Yom Kippur.
Sadly, in our day, the role the silver trumpets were to play in the life of Israel has all but been lost to her children. Insights into this feast have been shrouded. But now is the time for the restoration of all things (Acts 15:16). Now is the time for us to better understand the little understood feast day, to cry out for, to long for our reunion.
Our point is not so much about what instrument is or is not actually blown on Yom Teruah, but about the prophetic message that is to be conveyed through this feast, and about the importance of the heart attitudes of those who wish to proclaim it. More important than the instruments used is the message that needs to be imparted, and the fact that it is to be proclaimed by priests. Traditionally, the High Priest wore an ephod on his chest that had stones on it that represented all twelve of Israel's tribes. In other words, he cared about all of Israel, all twelve tribes were ever on his heart. The same must be true of us.
The shofar ultimately came to be used in many ways, often at YHVH's command, and we do not want to detract from its many uses. (See Jos 6; 1Ki 1:39; 2 Sa 6:15; Psa 47:5.; Isa 18:3; 27:13; 58:1; Jer 6:17; 42:14; 51:27; Eze 33:3-6; Ho 5:8; 8:1; Joel 2:1,15; Amos 2:2; 3:6; Zec 9:14.) Our point is not to speak against the use of the shofar to call and draw us, but to remind us of the spiritual meaning behind the twin hammered silver trumpets. Our hope is to bring to light the all-but-lost prophetic meaning of their united voices, and the awesome glory that accompanied their sound. Our hope is to cause all Israel to long for, to even cry out for, our full reunion and restoration.
Our friends, Drs. Alex and Georgina Perdomo have written extensively about genes and genetic memory, and how it may be affecting Israel's once scattered tribes. They also tell of Monarch butterflies that have, in every fourth generation, and without ever having been there, returned to Mexico. The point being that their return is not based on what they personally know, but on a certain decreed genetic awakening. And that, the same thing could be happening to many Believers in this hour (see http://etzyoseph.org/genetic-memory-part-2/).
If you are feeling an awakening in this hour concerning the often misunderstood feast of Yom Teruah, if you feel there is something more to it, if you long for Israel's full restoration, we pray that you will respond to the call, arise and be greatly encouraged in your faith.
We hope you will join us in seeking to declare these truths. Many are now seeking the full reunion and restoration of "both the houses of Israel." Many are now working to help make their "two sticks one in our Father's hand" (Isa 8:14; Eze 37:15-28). Many are ow longing to hear the united sound of the twin hammered silver trumpets of Teruah.
Arise, O Israel. Shema, hear the great call of our Holy GOD!