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Perhaps no single event in all of history has had more impact on Judaism than the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. (we don’t use C.E. around here). Prior to 70 A.D. all the way back to shortly after the return from Babylonian exile and then before that 70 years all the way back to Solomon, all the worship activities were conducted at and within the Temple. After Titus swept through Jerusalem, less than 40 years after the death of Jesus, the devastation was unspeakable and the Temple lay in ruin and remains in ruin to this very day. Without the Temple, Jewish worship was drastically and tragically altered. No Temple, no altars. No altars, no sacrifices. No sacrifices and nothing would be the same. Even the revered celebrations of the magnificent Seven Feasts of Israel radically changed from the original intent to the point that the rich Biblical meaning and symbolism are, now, largely hidden from the typical Jewish worshiper and Christian seeker-after-truth. That’s why it is vital for every child of God to return to Scripture to try and rediscover why God instituted these wonder filled celebrations.
In this episode we renew our series on the Seven Feasts that God gave Israel. This time we begin by talking about the “Fall” festivals, starting with Rosh Hashanah, otherwise known as the Feast of Trumpets. Now, that doesn’t mean the Hebrew phrase “Rosh Hashanah” has anything to do with trumpets. The literal translation is “head of the year” or the more useful and commonly used looser translation, “new year”. Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish (civil) New Year. “Then why is it also called ‘Feast of Trumpets'”? Well, here is one of those radical changes to the Jewish system of worship we spoke of a moment ago. To hear the details, join us for this week’s podcast.
But before you press “play” make sure you’re spirit is prepared and your heart is open and your mind is clear. The best way to do all of that…and, frankly, ANYTHING, is to ask for God’s help. Go to God and pray that He will assist you in understanding these crucial, vital, unmatched in the human realm celebrations that He gave His people. Ask for God’s Spirit of Truth to guide you as you strive to grasp what He has presented in His Word. Ask Him to permit you to see all that He is saying so that you can fully honor Him and His Son and come to a saving knowledge of all that He has done to bring you closer to Him.