Feast of Trumpets
“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.” -Lev 23:24 (KJV)
The Feast of Trumpets (FOT) is the first of the fall feasts of the Lord and is called Rosh Hashanah which means the “head of the year” and is the start of the civil year on the Jewish calendar. The Religious year in contrast starts with the Passover feast. The FOT has different names such as Yom Teruah, Yom meaning ‘day’ and Teruah meaning the ‘awakening blast or shout’.
Jesus’ first advent or coming fulfilled the first four spring feasts given by the Lord in Lev 23. It is very certain that He will fulfill the last three fall feasts with His second Coming. In fact the next feast we will experience is the FOT in just a few days – Sept 5&6, 2013. This feast is known as the feast that ‘no man knows the day or hour’ in which it will start. Why is this? Because it is a two-day feast and it’s start is based on the sighting of the new moon. The FOT is also known for the blowing of the trumpets or shofars as they are known in Israel. There are three trumpets used in Israel – First Trump is blown for the Day of Pentecost (based on Ex 19), the Last Trump is blown for the Feast of Trumpets and the Great Trump is blown Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement (the most important feast on the Jewish calendar).
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” -1 Cor 15:51-53
The blowing of the trumpets or shofars are indicative of God’s plan to redeem Israel (and the Gentiles). There is much to say about the feasts of the Lord and how they have and will fulfill the First and Second Advents of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today I would just like mention briefly the relationship between the Rapture of the Church talked about in 1 Thess 4:16-18 and the FOT. Now, to begin with I am setting no dates. But what I am saying is that the Lord’s return for His Church (rapture) will occur sometime during this feast possibly this year or in one of the years to come. Read and study scripture through the eyes of the Jew and you will understand what I am saying here. Jesus was a Jew and He practiced the Feasts while He was on earth; why do most western religions and western Christians discount this and the importance of the Feasts of the Lord – His appointed feasts?
The world is on the precipice of major war/s breaking out in the Middle East. This will be a terrible time for Israel but mostly for the nations surrounding them. Many will perish and there will be much loss. Next year – 2014 – will be the start of the Tetrad – four blood moons (lunar eclipses) and solar eclipses back to back on the Lord’s Feast days in 2014 and 2015. This most certainly will signal much trouble for the Jewish nation and other nations of the world. Please read my previous article on the Blood Moons for more information. It is thought by many Bible Prophecy scholars and my humble self that the rapture will usher in the start of Daniel’s Seventieth Week (Dan 9) and the Tribulation period written about in the Book of Revelation.
The big question for all of us is if this year’s FOT brings the rapture or catching away of the born-again, Bible-believing, holy-living saved Christians – are you ready? Once the rapture occurs many people will leave this earth and not return. There will be massive chaos and despair; many will try and explain away why so many people disappeared in the twinkling of an eye. The rapture may or may not occur this year or next year but if it does are you ready to stand before the Lord God. Have you confessed and repented of your sin. Are you living a life that is pleasing to the Lord and are you acting in obedience to His Word? If not, please read Romans 10:9-13 on how to get right with the Lord and do it today. For the ‘Christians’ living a secular life, a half-hearted knowingly sinful life, a playing church life, with no fear of God in your hearts – it is in your best interest to get on your knees ASAP and ask for forgiveness, repent of your sins and turn your life back around to the Lord. Folks, what I speak is serious and of great importance. Eternity is but one breath or heartbeat away. Can you say right now today that you are ready to meet the Lord?
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”
– 2 Peter 3:11-12