At sundown this evening begins Rosh Hashanah, Hebrew for “Head of the Year,” also known as the “Feast of Trumpets.” This is the anniversary of the first day of creation week. The Son of God was begotten out from God’s own being (the only-begotten from the Father – Jn. 1:14). This “beginning” event began day one of creation week. God’s Son is “the first-produced of all creation” (Col. 1:15), “The Beginning” and “before all things” (Prov. 8:22-31 & Col. 1:17-18), and “the Beginning of the creation of God” (Rev. 3:14). Day One, when God said, “Let there be Light,” was the very first “Rosh Hashanah,” the very day referenced in Psalm 2:7 when God said to His newly begotten Son, “You are My Son, TODAY I have begotten You, ask of Me and I will give You the nations for your inheritance and the ends of the earth as your possession.”
Yet Philippians 2:6-8 tells us of the complete transformation of the divine Son of God to Son of Man, when He “emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant and becoming in the likeness of men.” Hebrews 2:14-17 explains why the divine Son of God had to be completely transformed into a human being: “Then since the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He likewise partook of the same, so that through death He may vanquish the one having the domain of death, who is the Slanderer, and to release those who were prone to always live in slavery to the fear of death, (for doubtless it does not take hold of the messengers, but it does take hold of the seed of Abraham). For this cause He was obliged to become like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful High Priest in things toward God to atone for the sins of the people. For in what He suffered, having been tempted, He is able to help those being tempted” (LGV).
The exact calendar date of this complete transformation of God’s Son to humanity was actually revealed in the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” chapter 12. John saw a sign in the sky, a woman giving birth to the “man-child” of Psalm 2. John described what He saw in the sky as “a woman clothed with the sun and the moon beneath her feet.” This exact sign in the sky occurred annually on the very day of “Rosh Hashanah,” and only on that day. It is no coincidence that the Son’s human birth was on the anniversary of His divine origin out of God, and that God commanded Israel to celebrate this date with the blowing of trumpets (Lev. 23:24-25).
We will be eagerly watching the western sky this evening just after sunset, and should be able to spot the new moon since here the sky is very clear. I will then blow our shofar just as the Jewish priests did long ago. We wish all of you a very blessed Rosh Hashanah (and a blessed new year) as you celebrate this incredible mystery which has been revealed for us through John’s book, the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:1).