Feast of Trumpets

English: Blowing the Trumpet at the Feast of t...
English: Blowing the Trumpet at the Feast of the New Moon, illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) is the first of the Fall Feasts outlined in Leviticus 23.  It is followed by Yom Kippur and the Feasts of Tabernacles.  The feasts (including the Sabbath) are known as God’s Appointed Times. They are  “holy convocations”–dress rehearsals,shadows of things to come.

The Spring Feasts–Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost–foreshadowed Christ’s First Coming.  The Fall Feasts foreshadow His Second Coming.

Many beleive that Jesus will return during the Feast of Trumpets, a.k.a. the Day of the Awakening Blast.  Consider the following verses:

And the LORD spake 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: 23-24 KJV).

Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (I Corinthians 15: 51-52 KJV).

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise: Then we which 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 (I Thessalonians 4: 15-17 KJV).

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11: 15 NIV).

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24: 36 KJV) .  “No man knows the day or hour” is a Jewish idiom that refers to the Feast of Trumpets and the sighting of the New Moon, which could appear on Tishri 1 or 2.

The Hebrew calendar is lunar.  Tishri is the 7th month on the sacred Hebrew calendar and the 1st month on the secular Hebrew calendar. This year the Feast of Trumpets begins September 4 (Wednesday) at sundown.  It is a “no work” day (Leviticus 23: 24).

Note: Tishri 1 is also known as Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year” on the secular calendar.

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