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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
Blow up the trumpet in the New Moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast
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...
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
"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.
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--
- "Let no man therefore judge you in meat,
or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath
days" (Colosians 2:16).
- "And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the
LORD in the Sabbaths, in the New Moons, and on the set feasts, by number,
according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the LORD" (1Chronicles 23:31).
- "And it shall come to pass, that from
one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh
come to worship before Me, saith the LORD" (Isaiah
- "He appointed also the king's portion of
his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt
offerings, and the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths, and for the New Moons,
and for the set feasts, as it is written in the Law of the LORD" (2Chronicles
- "1 Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that
looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath
it shall be opened, and in the day of the New Moon it shall be opened... 3 Likewise the people
of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths
and in the New Moons." (Ezekiel 46:1,3).
- "Saying, When will the New Moon be
gone, that we may sell corn? and the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat,
making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?" (Amos 8:5).
- "And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him
to day? it is neither New Moon, nor Sabbath. And she said, It shall
be well" (2Kings 4:23).
- "I will also cause all her mirth to cease,
her feast days, her New Moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn
feasts" (Hosea 2:11).
- "Behold, I build an house to the name of
the LORD my God, to dedicate it to Him, and to burn before Him sweet incense, and
for the continual showbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on
the Sabbaths, and on the New Moons, and on the solemn feasts of the
LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel"
- "Even after a certain rate every day, offering
according to the commandment of Moses, on the Sabbaths, and on the New
Moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of
unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles"
- "For the showbread, and for the continual
meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the Sabbaths, of the
New Moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings
to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God" (Nehemiah 10:33).
- "Bring no more vain oblations; incense is
an abomination unto Me; the New Moons and Sabbaths, the calling of
assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting" (Isaiah 1:13).
- "And it shall be the prince's part to give
burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the
New Moons, and in the Sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of
Israel" (Ezekiel 45:17).
following excerpt taken from: Next
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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),
Dictionary Trace-- 2318 chadash, khaw-dash'; a prim. root; to be new; caus. to rebuild:-renew,
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