Dear Readers, Beloved of God,
Welcome back for part five of our study! I pray that you have been blessed by these teachings and drawn closer to your Lord. The Apostle Paul in Colossians 2:16-17, taught us that the Jewish Feasts and celebrations were only a shadow of the things to come through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In fact, they are an exact image of Jesus and the revealed will of God! I believe that in our studies we have proven Paul to be correct and so much more! We have seen the prophetic nature of the feasts, both prophecy fulfilled, and prophecy awaiting fulfillment. We have no reason to doubt that the remaining prophetical feasts will be fulfilled! Our study has revealed a proven “pattern” to refute the possibility of un-fulfillment. The only requirement expected of us is to simply believe!
Father, I ask you once again to give us understanding and revelation into Your Holy Word as we study the Feast of Trumpets. Please reveal more of Your Son Jesus to us. I ask Father, that you open our spiritual eyes and ears that we may see and hear what you now desire to speak. In Jesus name I pray. ~Amen
The Feast of Trumpets:
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath- rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.”
(Leviticus 23:23-25) NKJV
The Feasts of Trumpets introduces the autumn (fall) festivals, and begins the Jewish “High Holy Days”. It is also called “Rosh Hashanah” or “Jewish New Year. The Jewish New Year is the start of the civil year in Israel. Notice in the above scripture, that the Jews “shall have a Sabbath rest” as part of celebrating this feast. This is very important information concerning the meaning of the feast. The day was somewhat solemn as well as a day of joyful celebration, looking forward to God’s goodness and mercy in the New Year. It marked a time of soul-searching, forgiveness, repentance, and remembering God’s judgment.
The trumpet blast was to alert the people and sounded the beginning of the feast. The use of trumpets throughout the Bible was a common practice. They were used as a call to war, an alert system of impending danger, a call to the Temple to worship, coronation ceremonies, the celebration of victories, among others.
A few examples of the use of trumpets include: God heralding His meeting with Israel when He descended on Mount Sinai to speak the ten commandments, He proclaimed their use in the Year of Jubilee; “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (might I add that this should reassure those who feel that our country was not founded by Bible reading men as that quotation appears on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia), and they were used to great effect when Joshua (“type” of Jesus) conquered Jericho (“type” of heaven, the Jewish “promised land”).
Concerning the trumpet blast as a call to Temple worship, picture this; there were harvesters in the fields, both Jew and Arab. The priest blew the trumpet to call the time for the worship service. The Jews promptly left their work and the Arabs did not as they believed otherwise. The Jews and Arabs worked side by side in the fields even as they do today. Imagine the scene as the Jews promptly responded to the trumpet blast and the Arabs stayed behind and continued harvesting the crops. Does this seem familiar? It should, remember the Words of Jesus in the New Testament, “where there are two working in a field, I’ll take one and leave the other!” Is this not a “type” of the trumpet blow of the rapture? Oh my friends, Jesus is coming!
When we hear the word trumpet, I’m sure our visualization is the brass instrument used in bands today. Although there was a “type” of this instrument in ancient Israel, this is not what was used in the scriptures. In that day a hollowed out animals horn was used. Most often it was the horn of a ram and was called a “shofar.”
The Feast of Trumpets in the New Testament:
The Feast of Trumpets depicts nothing less than the return of Jesus Christ to the earth to establish the Kingdom of God! The book of Revelation reveals a sequence of earth-shaking events that are announced by the Trumpet. The Seventh angel’s sounding of the “last trumpet” signifies “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15) Of all the prophecies in the Bible, this one surly heralds the most exciting news possible for this broken, sin-filled world!
The Feast of Trumpets is very closely associated with the Rapture of the Church!
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
(I Thessalonians 4:16-18) NKJV
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
(I Corinthians 15:51-52) NKJV
When that great trumpet sounds, the miracle to surpass all miracles will take place! The entire story of the exodus- the story of Passover, our first feast- illustrates the salvation of the believer. First, there was the blood of the lamb, which delivered him from death, then the trip through the Red Sea- baptism, then the wandering in the wilderness- this life on earth, and finally, Jericho- heaven when the trumpets sound. This is God’s remarkable plan for humanity! Jesus Christ will return to raise His followers from death and establish God’s perfect rule over the earth! This is truly what a Sabbath rest is as defined in the book of Hebrews.
This is the wonderful, inspiring meaning of The Feast of Trumpets!
It represents the culmination of the present age of man and the beginning of a time during which God will play a much more direct part in world events, signaling the intervention of God in the affairs of humanity on a global basis. This feast represents a dramatic turning point in world history!
May the God of peace and of the perfect Kingdom, rule our hearts throughout eternity! God bless you all. Part six, “Atonement” is next in the series…