The two day festival of Rosh Hashanah concludes this evening with the commemoration of the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the high holy days during the Days of Awe signifying Adam and Even being created and time of reflection for the past year.http://www.ask.com/wiki/Rosh_Hashanah?o=2800&qsrc=999&ad=doubleDown&an=apn&ap=ask.com
Prayer in the synagogues, taking a personal inventory, eating of apples dipped in honey, and the prolific sounding of the shofar are some of the main observances to be done during this time.
Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first day of Tishrei and is concluded on the tenth day of Tishrei with the Day of Atonement, better known as Yom Kippur. During the time of celebration a typical Jewish greeting is “Shariah Tovah” which means “have a good year”.
Although a significantly important Jewish observance, the phrase Rosh Hashanah does not appear in the Torah and appears one time as a time reference in the Bible in Ezekiel 40:1. There is a close correlation to many of the Jewish observances and the fulfillment of Christian theology through Jesus Christ.
The Mishnah contains the second reference to Rosh Hashanah as the day of judgment. The Jewish Talmud notes the ideal that three books of account are opened on Rosh Hashanah which the fate of the wicked and good are recorded as an event where all mankind is judged. While the judgment is pending, prayers and repentance are required until the final day, Yom Kippur, where the judgment is sealed or confirmed. There is always a hope of redemption through God’s mercy.
There are books of judgment open in Christian eschatology that determine a similar fate of mankind including a “book of life” where the righteous are recorded. The evil doers are blotted out of the book because of their evil deeds.
Many Christians believe there is a strong possibility that the rapture and the second coming of Christ could possibly be fulfilled during the “Days of Awe” where a final accounting of human history will probably be done. Since Christians are converted Gentile Jews that have been grafted into God’s family tree according to Biblical belief, there is a close relationship towards salvation of the Jews and salvation of the Christians.
Jesus’ statement of “salvation is of the Jew” signals that the completion of the promises to Abraham will be accomplished by God’s plan of salvation.
Happy Rosh Hashanah….Shariah Tovah!!!