This year, for 2010, the High Holy Days come a bit early. Rosh Hashana comes Thursday, September 9, and Yom Kippur on Saturday, September 18.
Please note, there is a web page here specifically for Rosh Hashana and another for Yom Kippur. Take a look! And you may also find a music video, or two, on these pages. In fact we’ve added a number of praise songs in the Harmony Area.
High Holy Days for Jew and Gentile
For the Jewish population of the world, these are serious times. The days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are also solemn and introspective days. Some call these the days of awe or can be considered as days of tribulation on a personal level. One is always struggling toward a day of atonement, being settled with self and God.
What many Gentiles (e.g. Christians) don’t do, is to make some sort of observation of the significance of these High Holy Days. This is unfortunate as we will explain very briefly here.
The ultimate Messianic significance to these holy days is critical to seeing the Harmony that is inclusive of Jew and Gentile … and a shared faith in the God of Israel. While Muslims can find information from within their faith that states the Prophet’s hands are open to the Brit Chadeshah (i.e., New Covenant) they miss a critical link in these days to their understanding. For Jew and Gentile focused on the God of Israel, it is important to see that the Jewish Messiah came in past history and He fulfilled, by His presence and various actions, some of the Jewish themes associated with the earlier feasts or holy days as set out in the Jewish biblical calendar.
The next holy day in the sequence that has yet to be fulfilled by some action taken by the Messiah is Rosh Hashana. The holiday is called the Feast of Trumpets. We speculate here at the Window that it may well be at the blowing of the trumpets for this feast that will initiate an event that is known to many Bible believers as the Rapture. If the last trumpet on a Feast of Trumpets High Holy Day observance is the trumpet spoken of in Scripture, then this would link Rosh Hashana to the calendar sequence of Messianic themes.
Once fulfilled, the days after that Rosh Hashana lead to a time of tribulation, also detailed and described in Scripture. The calendar sequence either ends with Yom Kippur and a final day of atonement (where the entire world is judged) or one added feast comes into play in the larger sequence of events, that would be the Feast of Tabernacles. This is something we’ll address later. For now, if you wish, take a look at the pages we offer here for the High Holy Days that come early this September.