“At The Last Trump..and the dead in Christ shall rise first”..FEAST OF TRUMPETS
You will notice a countdown to the right of your screen…that countdown is to The Feast of Trumpets or better known now as Rosh HaShana…A season of time where many believe Christ will return…
In our Western culture, there are no holidays instituted by God. But Israel has at least these seven feasts designed and ordained by the Almighty, and they have been observed annually for some 1,500 years. These seven feasts were actually divided into three festival periods:
For these three festival periods, every Jewish man in Israel under the Mosaic Law was to leave his pursuits, his agriculture, and whatever else he was engaged in, and make the journey to Jerusalem to worship the Lord in His Temple. After each festival period, he would return home, taking up his pursuits again until the time he was to go back to Jerusalem for the next festival period.
The Feast of Trumpets
The Tabernacles Festival begins with the Feast of Trumpets, sometimes called Rosh HaShanah, or the New Year. On the first day of the seventh month, which occurs sometime in our September-October, trumpets would be blown, and the Feast of Trumpets would occur:
And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, 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. (Leviticus 23:23)
On the first day of the seventh month, just as for Passover and Pentecost, Israelites would come from their businesses, from their agricultural work, from their various locations, and they would ascend the hills of Jerusalem.
In modern Judaism the Feast of Trumpets is not called that any more; it is called instead Rosh HaShana, “the head of the months,” but it still has the blowing of the trumpets. This is actually considered the beginning of the year in the Jewish calendar. Jews send New Year’s cards and wish for one another that they should be inscribed in God’s book of life for the next year.
Rosh HaShana, is the beginning of the Days of Awe, the ten days leading up to the Day of Atonement. In Rabbinic theology, it is during these ten days that God weighs every man in the balance – his good deeds versus his evil deeds. Then God determines whether or not the person will be permitted to go through another year.
To the believer in our Messiah Yeshua, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Feast of Trumpets has great prophetic significance. We are told in I Thessalonians 4:16, 17: The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall 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 so shall we ever be with the Lord.
This event is known as Harpazo, the Rapture, the Catching Up. It is the time when the Lord will come for His own, when Jesus will descend through the stratosphere and take those of us who have trusted in Him to be with Himself. It is imminent, it can happen at any moment; it can happen today, it can happen ten years from now. We do not know when it will be, but it could happen at any time. And so, the prophecy of the Feast of Trumpets will be fulfilled in the Rapture of the Church. It has not yet been fulfilled. We are still in the period between Pentecost and Trumpets in God’s prophetic calendar.
The Feast of Trumpets not only has reference to the Rapture of the Church, but also has a prophetic reference to Israel. In Isaiah 27:12 and 13, the Lord promises Israel: Ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel, and it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria,and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
By Beth Ann Williamson
We first notice the day is to be considered a Sabbath … a day of rest and worship. Then God calls it a ‘memorial of blowing of trumpets.’
[The time of the Festival. It was to be on the first day of the seventh month of the Jewish year, which was Tishri. This comes this year on September 6,7,8. While the original first month of the Jewish year is Nisan, the Jews began their year on Tishri 1, at the Festival of Trumpets, and began to consider it to be the first day of the year – or head of the year, Rosh Hashana.]
“Also we should point out that the next day after the Festival of Trumpets the Jews began a seven-day period of “affliction,” called “Days of Awe,” (Yom Kippur). We also should note that ever since the blowing of the trumpet at Mt. Sinai, the Jews considered the trumpet sound was to announce the presence of God, and also it was to summon the people to leave their fields and gather for worship before God.
John says, “And I looked and behold, a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat, like the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped” (Rev. 14:14,16).
The Jews believe that Rosh Hashana is the anniversary of the creation of the world, and the beginning of the kingdom of HaShem (God). On this day they reaffirm their acceptance of HaShem as their King. HaShem judges all of His creations on this day, and decides on their fate in the coming year. It is a day of intense and lengthy prayer and restrained rejoicing. They rejoice in their acceptance of HaShem’s kingship but their rejoicing is subdued by their recognition that the great judgment is taking place.
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