The Rosh Hashanah-Rapture Connection
This year, the two-day Feast of Trumpets is September 6 to 8, 2021
If you’ve watched my recent Tipping Point Shows, you know I believe the Rapture is likely to happen at some point during the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year. This is my personal opinion, of course: I can’t point to a specific Bible verse that says, “The Rapture will be during the Feast of Trumpets.”
But I believe it is an educated opinion. I think it’s a sound belief, because God has used the feasts of Israel to foretell major events. I wrote about these feasts earlier this year. And Rosh Hashanah foretells the Rapture.
Rosh Hashanah is a two-day feast that ties back to God’s command in Leviticus 23:24. As the start of the Jewish new year, it is considered a day in which everything begins anew. It is one of the Jewish high holy days—one of the most important days of the year.
This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown in Israel on September 6 and concludes at sundown on September 8. That start actually coincides with Labor Day in the United States, through Wednesday of that week.
Like many Jewish feasts and holidays, Rosh Hashanah is known by several names. In this article, I want to explore those names because I think they might capture your attention.
The Feast of Trumpets
Rosh Hashanah has many alternative names, but the best-known of them is the Feast of Trumpets. During Rosh Hashanah, according to tradition, the priest would blow the shofar—a ram’s horn that is often translated “trumpet” in the Bible—one hundred times. Over nine different sessions, the priest will blow the trumpet 11 times. That’s 99 soundings of the shofar, which leaves a final trumpet blast for the end. The last trumpet, the 100th blast, is the loudest and longest.
It’s the final trumpet of the Feast of Trumpets. Here is one way Paul described the Rapture:
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
The Rapture has been associated with trumpet blasts since the first century. Throughout Scripture, it is linked with blasts of the shofar. That’s why it is called the Feast of Trumpets.
Also related to the blowing of the shofar, Rosh Hashanah is sometimes known by the name Yom Teruah. It means “a day of blowing” or “the day of the awakening blasts.”
When the trumpet sounds during the Rapture, it is not just a noise to get our attention. It is an awakening blast for those who are in their graves:
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. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.—1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
For thousands of years, the Jews have been calling Rosh Hashanah the “day of the awakening blast,” and that is exactly what is going to happen at the Rapture. The dead in Christ will rise first. They will be roused from their “sleep” and be raised incorruptible.
This name for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Ha-Din, is a reference to the day of judgment. The Jewish prayers during this feast emphasize it as a time during which the world is judged, or put on trial. In Hebrew, Din means judgment. The Jews believe Rosh Hashanah represents a period during which God weighs our rights and wrongs from the previous year.
Of course, you’ll understand why this ties in so closely to the Rapture and the events of the end times.
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”—Revelation 22:12-13
The Rapture will be a day when Jesus judges the church.
Rosh Hashanah is also sometimes called Yom Hazikaron, which means “the day of remembrance.” During this feast, Jews pray that God will remember them during the coming year.
This reminds me of Luke 17, when Jesus describes the Rapture:
“I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. 36 Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”—Luke 17:34-36
He’s talking about a selective Rapture. God remembers who is His. He remembers those who have given their lives to Him. The Rapture is a day of remembrance.
The Wedding Day of the Messiah
Another theme that has long been connected to Rosh Hashanah is the wedding day of the Messiah. Of course, many Jews are still awaiting the Messiah, while we as Christian believers know Jesus is the Messiah. But this is a very interesting theme for this holy feast.
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”—John 14:2-4
This is Jewish wedding language. When a Jewish groom was going to marry his bride, he left his father’s house with a bride price, or dowry, then went to the bride’s house to give her parents that gift. He drank a glass of wine with them, and that sealed the betrothal. Then he would promise His bride not to drink of that glass again until he drank it with her in his father’s house.
Of course, this is exactly what Jesus said to the disciples in the Upper Room:
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”—Luke 22:17-18
Then, after paying the price and making that promise, the groom left for his father’s house where he would prepare a chuppah—a small house or room—for him and the bride to live in. Only after it was ready and the father approved it would the groom return for his bride. Only the father knew when that time of approval would come.
Jesus is the groom. We are the bride of Christ. He has bought his bride by paying the price for our sins. He is at His Father’s house preparing a place for us—and at the Father’s word, the Rapture will mark Christ’s return for His bride.
The Day Which No One Knows
Another phrase the Jews use to describe Rosh Hashanah is “the day which no one knows.” That’s one reason this “holy day” actually spans two days on the calendar. It has everything to do with the new moon.
The ancient Jewish calendar was a lunar calendar, based on the cycles of the moon, back before people understood the movements of the planets and the cycles of the solar system. All the other Jewish holidays were timed to occur on the full moon, but Rosh Hashanah fell during the new moon. It was at the first of the month at the beginning of a new year.
It’s easy to tell when the moon is full. But discerning the new moon is trickier because it disappears altogether. According to ancient Jewish traditions, the new month would not officially begin until two witnesses reported that they had seen the sliver of the new moon to the High Priest. Jews knew that this sighting could take place within a two-day window of darkness. Once the sighting was witnessed and confirmed, the priests would sound the shofar. Then Rosh Hashanah would begin.
Isn’t that fascinating? Jesus described the Rapture using similar themes:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.”—Mark 13:32-33
With Rosh Hashanah, the Jews knew the approximate season when the feast would take place, but they didn’t know the exact day or hour. It’s “the day which no one knows.”
The next major prophetic event
Biblically, it’s clear that the Rapture is the next major prophetic event in the history of the world, and I definitely will be watching and praying as we approach September 6-8, 2021. Personally, I always want to be ready for Jesus, but every time the Feast of Trumpets comes around in September, I pay even closer attention. I look for Jesus to return.
With the state of the world today, it would not be a surprise if this were the year. We don’t know the day or the hour, but I think it’s possible that the season is upon us.
Take heed, because that glorious Day could arrive sooner than you think.