Rosh HaShanah – Yom HaKesh – The Hidden Day
Today we look at the name Yom HaKesh which means “the day of the hiding” or “the hidden day”. All of the names that we have looked at for Rosh HaShanah are Hebrew idioms for the same feast day. There are several reasons that this is considered “the hidden day”.
The Hebrew word Keseh is derived from the word kacah which means to conceal, cover or hide. 1 It is to be considered that there is a lot of mystery that surrounds the festival of Rosh HaShanah and part of that mystery is hidden. I call this sweet manna that is hidden in plain sight. The scriptures do in fact interrupt themselves. You just have to dig for those golden nuggets that are hidden there. Now I want to show you something very interesting from the Hebrew in Psalm 81:3 concerning this concealment. First you’ll see the English translation then I will transliterate the original Hebrew into English.
English: Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
The Hebrew is: To blow the shofar in new moon or month conceal festival to keep solemn day.
I did this so you could see in the Hebrew there is a sense of concealment that is not stated in the English. This is why this is so significant. The shofar is blown everyday during the month preceding Rosh HaShanah calling the people to return to God. Since the shofar is used to announce new moons and festivals, it is thought that Satan is aware then of the time of these festivals. Satan however was not aware of the plan of how the final fulfillment of Passover was to take place, it was concealed to him. It caught him completely unaware. Likewise Satan is not to know about the final fulfillment of Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets or the hidden day). The Jews believe that their practice of blowing the shofar every day of the month of Elul except the day proceeding Rosh HaShanah will conceal the day of the festival. Satan is to be kept in the dark about the “day of judgment”. 2 This day is to be hidden from him.
Because Rosh HaShanah was to hidden from Satan, the people of God never mentioned when it was. Instead when they were speaking about this festival day, they said this: “Of that day and hour no one knows, only the father”. Does that sound familiar to you? Yeshua used this idiom as a figure of speech Himself. What was He referring to went He said this? He was speaking about the rapture and the feast day which is Yom Teruah (the blowing of the trumpets or shofars) He was using “remez”, hinting at the hidden day. I hope you are getting this. Jesus never meant for us to be unaware like Satan. In fact in that same discourse He exhorted us to be aware, awake, and watching. 3 Just a little side note here. Will Jesus come as a thief in the night? Not to those that are expecting Him…only to those that are not.
Let’s look at some scriptures now that relate to “the day of hiding”. The Lord has promised to hide us. In the following scripture I want to draw your attention to the phrase “in the time of trouble”. This is reference to the tribulation or Jacob’s trouble. His plan is to hide us as we will see from this scripture and the others.
Ps 27: 5 “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
Ps 31: 20 “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”
Ps 64:2 “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:”
I love this next scripture because it is an invitation to come into His chambers while the judgment is going on. How blessed are we?
Is 26:20,21 “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”
The Feast of Yom Teruah is a day that you will be hidden in Christ, if you have made Him your Lord and Savior.
1 The Seven Festivals of the Messiah
3 Matt 24
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