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Interesting Facts About Rosh Chodesh
(which is the New Moon, the first day of the Jewish month)

Concerning the New Moon--

"8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets [the shofar, i.e., "The first Voice which I heard was as it were of a Trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither" (Revelation 4:1)]...

9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, THEN ye shall blow an alarm [such as when the Bridegroom comes, i.e., "And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him" (Matthew 25:6)]...

"with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved [the Pre-Tribulational Rapture] from your enemies" (Numbers 10:8-9).

3 Blow up the trumpet in the New Moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. 4 For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob" (Psalm 81:3-4).

"11 And in the beginnings of your months ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD... 14 this is the burnt offering of every month throughout the months of the year" (Numbers 28:11,14).

"18 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the New Moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty... 24 So David hid himself in the field: and when the New Moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat... 25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times... and David's place was empty... 27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David's place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?" (1Samuel 20:18,24-25,27).

Rosh Chodesh is specifially called a day of rejoicing--

"Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God" (Numbers 10:10).

Psalm 104: A Psalm for Rosh Chodesh--

"1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honour and majesty. 2 Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment: Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: 3 Who layeth the beams of His chambers in the waters: Who maketh the clouds His chariot: Who walketh upon the wings of the wind... 19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. 20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. 21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. 22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. 23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening. 24 O LORD, how manifold are Thy works! in wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches."

Scriptures which show the New Moon equal in many respects to the importance of the Sabbath--

following excerpt taken from: Next Events ---New Window by Greg Killian

Rosh Chodesh was celebrated only eleven times a year. In Tishrei, Yom Teruah coincides with Rosh Chodesh; to this day, the new moon of Tishrei is not proclaimed in advance in the synagogue; Yom Teruah rather than Rosh Chodesh is dominant liturgically...

In second Temple times, a ceremony "blessing the moon" (Birkat haLevanah), sometimes called "sanctification of the moon" (Kiddush Levanah), was developed. Recited from the third evening of the reappearance of the moon (when the moon is clearly visible) up until the fifteenth day of the month (as long as the moon is waxing), the prayer quickly became associated with the messianic hope.

Matthew 24:26-31
"So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. Immediately after the distress of those days 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.' At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other."

Definition of Rosh Chodesh--

Rosh Chodesh literally means "beginning renewal" and idiomatically means the "beginning of the month" or "new moon".

7218 ro'sh, roshe; from an unused root appar. mean. to shake; the head (as most easily shaken), whether lit. or fig. (in many applications, of place, time, rank, etc.):-band, beginning, captain, chapiter, chief (- est place, man, things), company, end, X every [man], excellent, first, forefront, ([be-]) head, height, (on) high (-est part, [priest]), X lead, X poor, principal, ruler, sum, top.

2320 chodesh, kho'-desh; from 2318; the new moon; by impl. a month:-month (- ly), new moon.

Dictionary Trace-- 2318 chadash, khaw-dash'; a prim. root; to be new; caus. to rebuild:-renew, repair.

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