This post is all about tips for Christians to prepare & celebrate Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah is a Hebrew word that means “head of the year.” It is celebrated by Jews worldwide as the beginning of a new year. It is also known as the Day of Trumpets.
But what about Christians? Can we celebrate Rosh Hashanah too? The answer is yes!
In this blog post, I will discuss similarities and differences between Rosh Hashanah and Nisan. I will also explore the prophetic nature of Rosh Hashanah and how it can be applied to our lives as Christians. Finally, we will give you 7 steps on how to prepare for Rosh Hashanah from a spiritual and prophetic angle.
Ready? Let’s go!
My story- Jewish New Year Planning
When I was in boarding (high school) in Kenya, I had a friend from the Islamic faith. She then approached me one day and asked, “Hey, what do you have planned for today? I know it’s such a big day!” I was perplexed by what she said and why she said it. So, I told her I just needed to remove my clothes from the clothesline and fold them.😂Then she kind of chastised me and said, “It’s Passover! Don’t you observe the Jewish feasts? This is super important.” I was so embarrassed because I had no idea it was Passover, but I was also more shocked that she knew all about it.😭So, from that day, I started to pay attention to certain key celebrations that overlap with Christianity.
Let’s fast-forward; over a decade later… around 2016, I began to show interest in the Jewish New Year. Then I started to receive prophetic revelations about the New Year that would closely tie with what God was planning to do in my life.
Here are some examples of the revelations:
Three months before the year 5779 (Sept 2018-Sept 2019), God started to speak to me about birthing, and I had dreams about it. Upon research, I found that prophetically, it was a birthing season. The number 9 in Hebrew is a picture of a womb. During the year 5779, I rebirthed my website’s mission and gave birth to my youngest child.
Last year, God started to speak to me about this current year which is 5782 (Sept 2021-Sept 2022). He told me to rest even before I realized that 5782 is a Shmitah Year, a year of rest. I documented this in this post titled “My Year of Rest.”
So, in short, I always open my heart and ears to God around the summer before the Jewish New Year. I pray, remain still and present to hear God, and take a few days to fast.
Sons of Issachar and prophetic insight
The sons of Issachar were known for their prophetic knowledge and insight (1 Chronicles 12:32). This is a valuable attribute to have, especially when it comes to vision and planning for the new year. As we approach the end of 5782/2022, it is vital to seek God’s wisdom and direction for what He has planned for us in the coming year. The sons of Issachar can teach us a lot about how to do this!
When it comes to vision and planning, the sons of Issachar had a unique perspective. They were able to see beyond the natural and into the spiritual. This allowed them to have such great insight and understanding of the times. As we seek God’s direction for our lives, it is important that we also ask Him to give us spiritual insight. We may not be able to see what He is doing, but if we trust in His wisdom, He will lead us where we need to go.
The sons of Issachar were also known for their loyalty to God and His people. They were willing to fight for what they believed in, even when it was unpopular. This is a quality that we should all strive for in our lives. When it comes to vision and planning, we should be willing to stand up for what we believe in, even when it is not the popular opinion. We must be courageous and believe that God will lead us to where He wants us to go.
The sons of Issachar were a great example of what it means to have prophetic knowledge and insight. As we enter into the new year, let us all seek God’s wisdom and direction for our lives. Let us also ask Him to give us spiritual insight and understanding. And finally, let us be courageous and stand up for our beliefs. With God’s help, we can all achieve great things in the new year!
What is Rosh Hashanah?
The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar and it has 13 months. Each month starts on the new moon and has 29 or 30 days. Rosh Hashanah falls on the Jewish calendar’s first day of Tishrei, the seventh month.
The difference between the Jewish calendar and the Gregorian calendar is that the Jewish calendar is based on the agricultural cycle. This means that Rosh Hashanah falls in September or October on the Gregorian calendar.
Rosh Hashanah is a time of great introspection!
To read more about Rosh Hashanah, read more on My Jewish Learning.
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is Judaism’s holiest day of the year. It is a day of fasting, prayer, and repentance. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. The day of atonement, Yom Kippur, falls on the tenth day of Tishrei.
In Leviticus 23:26-32, God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites that they are to observe Yom Kippur as a holy day. On this day, they are to afflict their souls and offer a sacrifice to the Lord. The purpose of Yom Kippur is to make atonement for the sins of the people.
The book of Leviticus also tells us that on Yom Kippur, the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies and make atonement for the sins of the people. This was done by sprinkling blood on the mercy seat, the lid of the Ark of the Covenant.
The blood represented the life that had been given for the sins of the people. In other words, it represented a substitutionary sacrifice. An animal’s life was given in place of a person’s life.
When Jesus died on the cross, he became our sacrificial lamb. His blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. He made atonement for our sins. In this way, Jesus fulfilled the purpose of Yom Kippur.
As Christians, we don’t need to observe Yom Kippur in the same way that Jews do. However, we can learn from it and apply its principles to our lives.
Difference between Rosh Hashanah and Nisan
I would like to explain the difference between these two because I used to be confused at first (maybe it’s just me🤣).
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, which falls on the first day of Tishrei. On the other hand, Nisan (the month of Passover) is the first month of the Hebrew calendar year and occurs in spring. Rosh Hashanah thus marks the beginning of the Jewish civil year, while Nisan marks the beginning of the religious year.
Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect on one’s actions over the past year and make resolutions for the coming year. Nisan, on the other hand, is more focused on the religious aspects of the calendar year.
Did you know that the Hebrew alphabet has a numeric value? This is because the ancient Hebrews used letters to represent numbers. In fact, each letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a corresponding number. For example, the first letter “aleph” has a value of one, and the picture is that of an ox.
The Hebrew alphabet’s numeric value can be used for various purposes. One use is to interpret words or phrases. By understanding the meaning of each number, you can gain a deeper understanding of the text. For example, the number seven is often associated with completion or perfection. So, a word that has a value of seven might be interpreted as being complete or perfect.
Another use for the Hebrew alphabet’s numeric value is to find hidden meanings in words. This is because each letter has a meaning beyond its numerical value. For example, the first letter aleph can also represent God or power. So, a word with the value of aleph might be interpreted as divine or powerful.
Whether you use the Hebrew alphabet’s numeric value for interpretation or hidden meaning, there is no doubt that this system is fascinating and has a long history.
Hebrew numbers are specifically important in Biblical dream interpretation!
7 tips for Christians to prepare & celebrate Rosh Hashanah
So how can Christians prepare for Rosh Hashanah?
Here are seven steps:
- Pray and ask God to reveal any areas of your life that you need to repent. This could be anything from unforgiveness, anger, pride, etc.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to give you prophetic direction and revelation on your year. It would be a good time to get a “theme” word for your year.
- Declare that you are entering into a new season of life. This is a time to let go of the past and move forward in God’s plan for your life.
- Set aside time to fast and meditate on God’s Word. This is a time to seek God’s face and listen for His voice.
- Gratitude: Create a list of things you are thankful for. This is a time to focus on the positive and be grateful for all God has done in your life.
- Make a commitment to live a more holy lifestyle. This is a time to put God first in every area of your life and let Him lead you each step of the way.
- Finally, spend time with loved ones and enjoy the simple things in life. This is a time to cherish the relationships that God has blessed you with.
And that’s it, folks; Tips for Christians to Prepare & Celebrate Rosh Hashanah
To reiterate, as Christians, we can celebrate Rosh Hashanah by taking time to reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness. We can also use this time to spiritually and prophetically prepare our hearts for the new year.
Here are some dates to keep in mind for this year 5783 (Begins Sept 2022):
Yom Kippur: Oct 4th‑5th
Rosh Hashanah: Sep 25th ‑27th
Other blog posts on my website fit seamlessly with this post. They highlight Jesus, substitutionary atonement, Easter, and Passover. They are as follows:
Be on the lookout for a YouTube video accompanying this blog post! It will be available 08/29/2022. Stay tuned!