Happy New Year. I don't care if it is the Jewish New Year, dropping the ball or the Chinese new year, I love new years celebrations. To me it is a chance to clean the slate and start over again.
Rosh Hoshanah is a special for many reasons. It represents the fact that some 5770 years ago, God created the heavens and the earth. We discussed that on a previous blog. It is significant that God started the clock at this time. I am not sure I agree with the number the Jews came up with but it is interesting they have a number when the rest of the world says that the world is billions of years old.
There is the astrological aspect of the holiday. It is the reason for scheduling two days. When the priest sees the first sliver of the new moon, and another priest confirms it, the next day becomes the first day of the new month. Today with the sophisticated astrological charts we know when it is going to happen but the Jews still schedule two days for the holiday. Of course, if it happens on a cloudy day or at night then they say that no man knows the day or the hour.
In English it is called the festival of trumpets. It is a time for blowing trumpets, the shofar, and announcing a new year. Over the years there have been those who take the idea of trumpets and the I Thessalonians queue that the rapture will happen at the last trump, to say that rapture will happen on Rosh Hoshanah. Whether this is true or not will be up to God. Those of us who believe in the immanency of the rapture know that it doesn't depend on a holiday but on a time of God, the Father's choosing. It is fun however to look at video's and blogs that have an explanation why it will happen this year on Rosh Hoshanah. Knowing God's sense of humor, he will come next week when no one is expecting. "Behold I come as a thief in the night"
Whatever your reason for celebrating the new year. Have some apples and honey, blow your horn and get ready for a great year. And if the Youtube videos are correct and we get raptured this weekend, then I will be as happy as anyone.