Feast of Trumpets

A shofar made from a ram's horn is traditional...

A shofar made from a ram’s horn is traditionally blown in observance of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish civic year. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Joel 2:1-2 ¶ Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand: A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations.

Ezekiel 33:6   But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

Job 38:4-7 ¶ Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

There is just something about this holy day that has me intrigued.  The scriptures do not reveal why this day is set aside except to say that it is a “memorial of blowing of trumpets”. The Hebrew word for feast’s and seasons is the same word being moed, pronounced mo-ade from 3259; properly, an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand):–appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn(-ity), synogogue, (set) time (appointed).   I personally take in all of the above and tend to think of the word feast as divine appointed times. A time when God wanted witnesses to attend the appointed times when He would reveal the first phase of His harvest plan.

Deuteronomy 16:16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.  

 These are days to surely dance and be joyous.  For a male to present himself before God represents that all men will one day stand before God and they must not come empty handed. They must bring forth first fruits, the fruits of their labor. The question being, how did one toil for the cause of Christ?

 When the angels shouted for joy, that word is ruwa`, pronounced roo-ah’ from a primitive root; to mar (especially by breaking); figuratively, to split the ears (with sound), i.e. shout (for alarm or joy):–blow an alarm, cry (alarm, aloud, out), destroy, make a joyful noise, smart, shout (for joy), sound an alarm, triumph. This is the verbal form of Teruah, which mean they literally ‘trumpeted’ for joy. They trumpeted for joy on the very first day of creation when the foundation was laid.  The cornerstone of creation.  Ten days later,  we find Adam and Even committing sin and thus we have a reason and need for the Day of Atonement. The shedding blood of the first lamb. The first sin involved eating and now we abstain from eating one this day in remembrance.

 Genesis 3:21 ¶ Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Interestingly enough, these three Holy Days that God set aside, all represent a harvest. Leviticus 23:17, records that two “wave” loaves of bread of equal weight, baked with leaven were to be offered. These two loaves were called the “first fruits.” It is my belief that these two loaves represent both Jew and Gentile because leaven represents sin, unlike the unleavened bread offered at Passover that was represented by our sinless Messiah.

The Feast of Un-leavened Bread: On the first night, and again on the seventh, there was to be a time of convocation (meeting) between God and man. The meeting takes place and a righteous seed is sewn into the ground.  The Feast of Unleavened Bread proclaims that Christ’s physical body would not experience the ravages of death while in the grave; for He was sanctified (set apart) by God the Father.  John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

1st Corinthians 15:20-23 ¶ But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Jesus Christ was the first human to be raised from the dead.  Thus, when He returns, those who are asleep in Him will be resurrected at His coming, which will commence the final harvest. Because He died sinless for all sin and because He is Holy, all those who are rooted in Him, (The branches) are looked upon as holy.

For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. ~ Romans 11:16

The righteous seed (First fruit) of God had died on the cross and was placed into the womb of the earth. (Planted) In between the spring harvest and the fall harvest is what is often called Firstfruits.

The Seed died and then sprang forth life on the third day and arose from the earth on Firstfruits.

Fifty days later the Holy Spirit(God’s blessing providing life-giving water) came along and began to water the rest of the crop that had taken root of the Original Seed and began to bear fruit. This occurred on the Feast of Weeks. The crop that comes from that First Seed, will come full circle and be ready for harvest when those who are filled with His Spirit have grown and matured into the fruit that will be ready for harvest at the completion of the final harvest season, the ingathering of the fruit of the earth.

Leviticus 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

Leviticus 23:24 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.

English: Feast of trumpets, as in Numbers 10:1...

English: Feast of trumpets, as in Numbers 10:10, from Henry Davenport Northrop, Treasures of the Bible,’ published by International Publishing Company 1894 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Feast of Trumpets also called Rosh Hashanah literally means, “Head of the Year.”  Throughout scripture we find that trumpets are blown to warn of impending battle, to call an assembly, announce the new moon, in the time appointed, for the journeying of the camps and to announce an anointing of a king.

Numbers 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

We know from scripture that the sheer voice of God proclaims His majesty as it did when His voice sounded from Mt Sinai causing Moses to say,  “I exceedingly fear and quake” and the rest of the tribes of Israel to tell Moses to tell the Lord God not to speak to them anymore lest they die.  (Hebrews 12:18-21)  The sound of the trumpets added with faith has also been well known to bring down the walls of Jericho.

Exodus 19:16 ¶ And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.  (A calling of an assembly)

1st Ki 1:39 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.

Since it is God Whom ordained the Holy Days, we aught not called them Jewish feast’s.  It is He Whom set them aside as appointed meeting times not the Jewish people. At some time in our future, a trumpet will sound and the angels will gather God’s elect.  I suspect that once we are gathered, the Feast of Tabernacles will commence.  Once our personal tents have been folded up, we will never have to be relocated again.  We will always be in His presence.

Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

It appears to me that God has a desire to call His people to repentance because He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  The gospel message is about repentance and remission of sin and He has been calling people to turn from their wicked ways.

In the Old Testament the Feast of Trumpets was observed on the first day of the seventh month, which after the Babylonian exile was called “the first of Tishri.” After Trumpets on Tishri 1 comes the “Ten days of awe” which lead on to Yom Kippur on Tishri 10 which is the Day of Atonement. This is the most solemn day of the year. On this awesome Day of Reckoning all accounts between God and all His covenant people are settled.

We all know that according to the book of Hebrews, Yahushua is our High Priest. Just like the nation of Israel waited for the High Priest to come out of the tabernacle on the Day of Atonement, we too are awaiting our High Priest to come out of the Heavenly Sanctuary to let us all know that Israel shall be saved.

We also know that at the last trump, those whom have died claiming Yahushua, as their Savior will arise on what we know to be Resurrection Day.

1st Corinthians 15:52 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.

This day seems to me anyway to be a reflection of a day when God will vindicate those who have accepted the call to turn from their wicked ways.  I personally suspect that this ‘memorial of blowing of trumpets’ has clear reference to the Day of Judgment.

Finding this day in the seventh month does not escape my attention either. The number seven, which is woven into the Biblical calendar, represents in Scripture ‘completion and termination’. Since the number eight represents ‘a new beginning’, I find it fascinating that all three of the Fall Feast’s occur in the seventh and eighth months.  If we look deep enough, we can also find comparisons to the Fall Feast’s representing a kingdom like atmosphere about them, like tying up loose ends and moving forward while the Spring Feast’s accentuate a more priestly type atmosphere in preparation of offerings of what the Fall Feast might culminate.

Ironically, the last of the Fall Feast’s is called Feast of Tabernacles, where this feast last’s seven days and then one added at the end of a seven day period called the eight day.  Again, this does not escape my attention since the number eight as I mentioned represents a new beginning concluding the Fall Feast’s on the eighth day.

 I believe that the Feast’s of the Lord are a painting of God’s plan woven from beginning to the end of the seven Feast’s of the Lord showing the plan of salvation.   From this perspective, those who accept the truth and the knowledge that comes through the Feast‘s of the Lord, the Sabbath‘s and the teachings of Moses are those who I believe are basically the watchman whom are blowing the trumpets; knowing of His divine judgment and mercy. I also believe that these men and women are the ones that the Holy Spirit uses to guide, to encourage, to inspire, and perhaps to challenge the people of God to repent. The Holy Spirit teaches us all things, enlightens us, and commends to our memory the way to salvation revealed by Jesus Christ. 

What is interesting about the Feast of Trumpets is that in Israel, until the first sliver of the new moon is sighted in Jerusalem, the Jewish New Year, Feast of Trumpets, cannot begin. Because God is the One who created the moon, only He knows when that sliver will be seen.  Because of this well-known fact, the Feast of Trumpets has become known by the Jewish idiom of “No man knows the day or the hour”.  Many believe that Yahushua knew of this idiom and that this is what He meant when He spoke those words.

Whoever hears the sound of the shofar and does not take the warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be upon his own head.  Ezekiel 334

One cannot observe Passover until one is circumcised.  Moreover, God has predestined those that He will call, He will also justified and glorify.

The Holy Spirit calls those whom He will call.

Choosing Christ Jesus as the Mediator (Passover) to bridge the gap between humanity and God is the ultimate choice that ushers in the Holy Spirit.  Nevertheless, one cannot have the Holy Spirit and be fully circumcised without the Holy Spirit without first observing Passover.

Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

Until then:

¶ I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith. ~ Habakkuk 2:1-

1. To herald the Lord’s descent and the giving of Law at Mount Sinai
(Exodus 19:16,19)

2. To usher in the Feast of Trumpets, known today as Rosh Hashanah
(Numbers 29:1)

3. To herald the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur (Leviticus 25:9)

4. To announce the Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:10)

5. To usher in the Ark of the Lord (2 Samuel 6:15)

6. To be sounded when a king was anointed (1 Kings 1:34)

7. To rally troops (Nehemiah 4:18)

8. To announce God’s presence and to praise and worship Him
(Psalms 47:5, 98:6, 150:3; Isaiah 18:3, 27:13; Revelation 1:10)

9. To call people to repentance (Isaiah 58:1; Hosea 8:1; Joel 2:1)

10. To sound the alarm for war (Jeremiah 4:19, 21)

11. To sound a warning of danger (Amos 2:2)

12. To call the assembly together to repentance and fasting (Joel 2: 1, 15)

13. Blown by the Lord (Zechariah 9:14)

14. Blown by angels (Matthew 24:31; Revelation 8:2)

15. Blown at the return of Yeshua (1 Thessalonian 4:16)

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