We’ve all been at a point in our lives we feel stuck and need a breakthrough. Whether that be financially, emotionally, physically or in our relationships.
God has a time and season for everything and it just so happens we are approaching the biblical time for a breakthrough!
This appointed time has a Hebrew name and it’s called ‘Yom Teruah!’ יום תרועה
Teruah means ‘shout or a loud blast’
One of the greatest gifts God’s given us is His appointed times (Mo’adim.)
These are the biblical holidays that we are commanded to celebrate. They help strengthen our faith and point us back to Yeshua in every season of life.
We are approaching Yom Teruah! יום תרועה (Feast of Trumpets) beginning the evening of September 6th – 7th.
“On the first day of the seventh month, you are to have a sacred assembly. You are to do no laborious work. It is for you a day for sounding the shofar.” (Numbers 29:1)
Many people know this biblical holiday as ‘Rosh Hashana’ (the Jewish New Year) however that term as well as it’s traditions were adopted from Babylonian influence and is not biblical. By focusing on it being ‘the new year’ (which is incorrect) it looses the significance this appointed time holds.
So what is Yom Teruah all about?
Why does God command us to blow the shofar this one day out of the year?
I’m going to highlight 3 main reasons today!
1. The blowing of the shofar creates spiritual breakthrough!
We see in the story of Joshua that God gave them a strategy of victory to conquer Jericho through ‘teruah.’
“When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
If you’re facing roadblocks today or trying to overcome something you can’t seem to shake, I want to encourage you to embrace this appointed time of blowing the shofar and receiving your breakthrough.
God wants us to live in freedom and the shofar is one of the tools He’s given us to fight in spiritual warfare against the enemy.
Let’s pray for all old patterns of defeat to be broken in Yeshua’s name during this year on Yom Teruah.
Same Old, Same Old.
God doesn’t want us living in the ‘same old, same old.’
Life has a way of keeping us stuck in the same cycles over and over again. Maybe we have a vision and dream for our life but can’t seem to break free from the day-to-day struggles that hold us back.
The Israelites were enslaved for 400 years before God prepared Moses as His tool of deliverance from Egypt.
We may have suffered in bondage for a long time whether it be an addiction, health issues, limiting beliefs or destructive habits.
God loves when we reach a place of desperation so that we can fully lean on Him and look to Him for the supernatural change we need in our lives.
The profound verse from Isaiah was later echoed by Yeshua one Shabbat in the synagogue as He stood up and spoke these words:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,” (Luke 4:18)
Over and over again in the New Testament, we read stories of people who had been suffering in their position of disease or heartbreak for a long time. The blind man, the paralyzed man, the woman at the well, the woman with the issue of blood. Many of them struggling with these ailments from birth with no fault of their own.
Just because we’ve been stuck in a situation or struggling with something for a long time, doesn’t mean God can’t change things around.
Yeshua healed each one of these people He encountered. God loves transforming lives and still does miracles today. We may not see the change we want when we want it but God wants the best for us and we can seek Him for our breakthrough this Yom Teruah.
2. The blowing of the shofar warns us of God’s coming Judgment.
The blast of the shofar also announces the coming Judgment of the Lord. Yom Teruah is right before Yom Kippur (The day of Atonement) Sept. 15th
The time between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur is also known as the 10 days of Awe. It’s a period of time we get the opportunity to make sure our heart is right before God and seek Him for forgiveness as well as seek reconciliation from those around us.
“That day will be a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of destruction and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, a day of horn blast and battle cry” (Zephaniah 1:16)
Getting Right with God
There is such a deep peace that comes with knowing we are right with God.
We can sleep at night and rise in the morning knowing that we are loved and accepted by our Heavenly Father.
Not because we’ve measured up to a standard of perfection or done enough good deeds to get into heaven.
We can have the assurance of our salvation solely through the blood of Yeshua which atones for our sins.
Yeshua our Scapegoat
Every Yom Kippur the Cohen Ha’Gadol (High Priest) would take an ‘Azazel’ Scape-goat and lay all the sins of Israel upon it’s head.
This was symbolic of what Yeshua would do for us as our Messiah. He is the scapegoat and took the weight of the sin of the world upon himself.
In fact, He wore a crown of thorns (kotzim) symbolizing the curse given by God to mankind in Genesis.
“…Cursed is the ground because of you… It will produce thorns and thistles for you,” (Genesis 3:17-18)
“When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.” (Galatians 3:13)
We cannot walk in complete freedom while carrying around the weight of guilt and condemnation from past sins. All of us are deserving of God’s wrath and yet in His mercy He’s provided a way for us to be forgiven and continue abiding in intimacy with Him.
If you haven’t accepted Yeshua as your Messiah and Savior, what are you waiting for?
Get right with God this Yom Kippur and let it be a time of breakthrough in your life. He’s just waiting for you to accept the free gift of life He has to offer you.
3. The Sound of the Shofar Tells Us of the Coming of the Messiah
I had an interesting conversation with a taxi driver in Israel once. We began talking about life, God and the Messiah. Ya know, regular sort of conversations you have with your taxi driver (lol only in Israel)
“So you believe in the Messiah?” I asked him.
He threw his hands in the air “of course! What do you think?” He replied.
“Well, how will you know when the Messiah comes back? How will you really know it’s Him?” I asked.
He pondered that question silently for a few minutes before shrugging his shoulders. “None of us really know… I’ve heard there’s someone dressed like a prophet at the Tel Aviv Central bus station… maybe he’s the Messiah?”
I smiled back. “I believe Yeshua is the Messiah and He will come back from the heavens and rest His feet on the mount of olives because the bible says so, you should read it and see what you think for yourself.”
“I will!” He answered and that was that.
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life. Shopping, cooking, eating, house renovations, taking the dog out, another dinner party…. the list goes on.
None of those things are bad and God wants us to enjoy our life! However, as believers, we should keep our mindset on eternity and focus on storing up treasures in Heaven.
We will have to give an account before God one day for how we’ve spent our life here on earth. I start to get antsy when I feel like I’m just going through the motions of life, checking things off my to do list.
There are of course, mundane seasons we have to learn to find joy in. As long as we remember that we have a purpose for being here and one day we are going to meet our Creator. We can’t run from it.
How would we live our life if Yeshua was coming back tomorrow? Would He be pleased with how we’re spending our time and how we’re treating others?
If we’ve found ourselves straying off course we can take this time, Yom Teruah to renew our walk with God and break free from things that have held us back in the past.
There is a special anointing on this specific time for repentance, reconciliation, breakthrough, and renewal of faith.
Let’s not miss this opportunity to connect with God and receive the work He wants to do in our lives during this season.
This article originally appeared on Liat’s blog, September 5, 2021, and reposted with permission.