| The Spiritual Significance of Yom Teruah
Feast: Feast of Trumpets
Biblically Accurate or Hebrew Name: Yom Teruah (Pronounced YOM te-ROO-ah), translated “day
of sounding” or “day of blasts” (of the shofar)
Biblical Significance: Yom Teruah is “a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation
announced with blasts on the shofar.” (Leviticus 23:24 CJB)
Spiritual Relevance: Yom Teruah is a wake-up call and an announcement of the coming of the King.
When the shofar blasts, there is very little time left to prepare for the King’s arrival, as He follows close
behind. Yom Teruah will be fulfilled soon in the Second Coming—the last wake-up call for mankind (1
Thes. 4:16-17). As we observe this feast now, awaiting His return, we hear the shofar sound in our
hearts and we are called to rest in His will and remember to whom we belong. The shofar is meant to
awaken God’s people and cause us to remember our covenant. “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the
dead, and Christ will shine on you.” We must awaken our brethren and redeem the time, as the days
are evil (see Ephesians 5:14-16). (For more on the sounding of the shofar awakening God's people,
see 1 Cor. 15:51-52 and Rev. 20:4.)
Observance Suggestion: This day is a special Shabbat, so be sure not to do any ordinary work (at
a job or housework/chores), and gather together with other believers. Focus on prayer and
worshipping God. Go outside at sundown (if you are not already there) and sound the shofar. There is
an official blast for this day called a “teruah”, but it is hard to sound. It sounds like a fire alarm and
requires skilled shofarim (shofar blowers). For those of us less experienced, many like to sound three
simple blasts into each of the four directions. This will equal 12 blasts total (the number for divine
government), prophetically symbolizing the coming of the King and the establishment of the Kingdom
of God in our area. Yom Teruah is also a good day to present to God promises yet unfulfilled, because
this is a time of awakening faith in our spirits as well.
Notes: This day is often referred to as Rosh Hashanah, which translated means “Head of the Year”.
This name of the feast refers to the Jewish civil calendar, which begins on this day. However, this is
not the beginning of the Biblical New Year, which comes 13 days prior to Passover (see Exodus 12:1-
2). On another note, non-Jewish translations of the Bible often refer to a “shofar” as a “trumpet”. They
are not the same. There are texts in which ADONAI commands the construction and use of a trumpet.
There are also texts in which a shofar, or ram’s horn, is blown. This feast includes the blowing of a
shofar, not a trumpet. In contemporary times, the long shofars we sound are not ram’s horns at all, but
horns of Kudu antelope from Africa.