Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year 5776

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah 5776, begins sundown of Sunday, September 13 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, September 15. 5776 is very significant because it is a jubilee year and the 70th Jubilee year since Joshua and Caleb crossed the Jordan River.

According to Hebrew numerology, 7 signifies perfection or completion in both the spiritual and natural realms. God created all things in 7 days. There are 7 days each week and the Sabbath is on the 7th day. Likewise, the number 6 is associated with mankind and human weakness. It is “the number of man” as man was created on the 6th day. 5776 will be a year for our weaknesses to be exposed, but also for God’s perfection to shine brightly through.

Why is this year so special and yet so foreboding? Look at the signs and the numbers through the filter of the Holy Spirit: The four Blood Moons coincide with the Shmita year 5775, and our Jubilee year 5776. A Jubilee year comes after 7 sabbatical cycles of 7 years… that is 7 sets of 6 years, plus a Shmita year… 49 years, and then a Jubilee release.

This year, the last blood moon is coinciding with the end of the Shmita year and the beginning of the Jubilee year. The Hebrew word yovel (Jubilee) means trumpet or a ram’s horn. Ram’s horns (shofars) are blown to announce the beginning of Sabbaths and holidays, and in Biblica times they were used at the coronation of a king, or to rally the people to battle. Also, at this special time of Jubilee, every 50 years, ram’s horns are blown on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) to announce the beginning of Jubilee. This is important because during the days of Joshua, the land of Canaan was dispersed among the families and tribes, and the land permanently belonged to that tribe or family. When the ram’s horn was blown on the Day of Atonement, debts were released, land was returned, and men and women were freed from slavery. The slate was wiped clean. The Jubilee year insured Joshua and his people of two things: Freedom and Inheritance.