The Feast of Trumpets has very little directly written about it in Scripture. Here are the basic facts about this pivotal and holy day.
The Feast of Trumpets sounds a dire warning of war on the one hand and triumph for God and His saints on the other. Our goal is to be prepared for Christ's return.
Hardly anything is more dramatic than the blast of a trumpet. Alarm or warning is a primary function, and its other uses likewise culminate in the Feast of Trumpets.
The Feast of Trumpets is a memorial of blowing of trumpets, symbolizing the Day of the Lord, the real war to end all wars, when Christ will subdue the earth.
The Feast of Trumpets is a day to remember that God is King. But God's holy days are also forward-looking or anticipatory, and the Day of Trumpets is no exception.
When Jesus Christ returns, He will marshal an army of resurrected saints who will wage a just war against the Satan-inspired end-time rebellion.
One major incident involving the blowing of trumpets occurred at the outset of Israel's incursion into Canaan, when God brought down the walls of Jericho.
Our hope is founded on Jesus rising from the dead. If there is no resurrection, our faith is worthless; if Christ did not rise, we are still under condemnation.
The attitudes of II Timothy 3:1-5 are rampant now and should give us the urgent incentive to repent and overcome, preparing for Jesus Christ's return.
The world will learn that God judges—that He has the ultimate decision over everything. After Satan is bound, God will bring about seven reconcilements.
God spoke audibly to Moses and the people, intentionally testing their faithfulness, to instill the fear of the Lord in them, and to keep them from sin.
Throughout Israel's history, the trumpet blast has always meant the onset of war, death, and destruction, ushering in harsh correction for physical Israel.
Because the exact time of Christ's return is not known, we must always be ready, as though His return is imminent. Those not prepared will be blindsided.
We are on the threshold of the greatest period of testing ever to come upon mankind. We need a sense of hope and faith to stay focused on our calling.
If we go to the Feast with the goal of physically enjoying, we may lose out on both the spiritual and physical benefits. 'Going through the motions' defiles it.
Just because we keep God's feasts does not necessarily mean we are in sync with God's Law or intent. The Israelites kept the feasts in a carnal manner.
Peter's first sermon took place on the Day of Pentecost, yet his subject seems to 'fit' the Day of Trumpets. Here is how Pentecost and Trumpets relate.
When the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets occurs, we will see God directly when Jesus Christ returns, an event which will get everyone's attention.
The Seventh Trumpet is a call to assemble, a call to battle, and announces the arrival of a new ruler, Jesus Christ, separating the wheat from the tares.
Only with the help of God's Holy Spirit are we able to fathom the dimensions of width, breadth, length, and depth of Jesus Christ's and the Father's love.
The references to trumpets suggest an announcement of a specific event or an alarm of what is to follow. Typically, the events themselves are figurative trumpet blasts.
The final conflict at Armageddon will cause mankind to remember what their desire to disobey God, and what their obsession go to war, has cost them.
In Exodus 19, there are 12 parallels with Christ's dramatic return illustrated in Matthew 24. All of these events will culminate in a blast of a trumpet.
After reconciliation, there can finally be a meeting of minds as we are fashioned into a new creation, invited to sit in heavenly places, created for good works.
The timing of the regathering of Israel is uncertain, but here are the Scriptural markers that narrow the time frame to a significant prophetic event.
The Feast of Trumpets memorializes God's deliverance of Israel beginning with Joseph, and looks forward to Christ's return when God will deliver His people.
The passages that describe Christ's return in power and glory contain the same detail: that He will come in, on, or with clouds. Here is the significance.
The Feast of Trumpets is like the opening salvo of the fall feasts, beginning with a blast of the trumpet or shofar, reminiscent of the event on Mount Sinai.
During Jacob's Trouble, a confederacy of gentile peoples (particularly the offspring of Ishmael and Esau) will destroy the nations of modern-day Israel.
Love motivates the two intrinsic parts of God's holy character—goodness and severity, as He seeks to rescue humanity from the consequences of sin.
Only the Father knows the precise time of Christ's return, but the message to all Christians is to be vigilant and busy overcoming that we may see Him in glory.
The Feast of Trumpets is a day of decision, a time to determine whether we are on the Lord's side. We must loyally fulfill the role to which God called us.
German Philosopher Karl Jaspers describes a definitive period of time from the eighth century to the third century BC as an axial period, in which events suddenly rotated to a new configuration in which new ways of thinking about things displaced former accepted and traditional ways, as one empire implodes and is brutally replaced by another power . Jaspers, though a confirmed agnostic, recognized it as an act of divine intervention America has been going through an axial period for decades, in which evil parasitic, 'progressive' leftist influences, evidently a curse from Almighty God for Israel's incessant sinning against His Holy laws are bringing on Jacob's trouble, prior to horrible cataclysmic events of the Day of the Lord. God's people , in this axial period are going through some grave testing, including brutal tyranny from state and federal government, lockdowns, food shortages, as well as persecution and martyrdom of God's people. Zephaniah ( whose name means Concealed by God ) graphically describes the horrendous Day of the Lord, the culmination of the seven trumpets and the seven vials described in Revelation 11: 15-19, after which Christ will return in full power and authority. Zephaniah was a cousin of Josiah and was part of the royal family, possibly assisting him in the reforms against Manasseh's apostasy and idolatry. Zephaniah's prophecy of judgment is against the whole world, but sharply focused on Judah and Jerusalem because they should have known better. The inhabitants of Jerusalem are ordered to hush and keep silent, assessing the consequences of their sins, adopting heathen customs, adopting foreign ( anti-God) ways of life. Just as the Death angel passed over the children of Israel, the executioners in Ezekiel 9:1-4, are commanded to go through the midst of the city, setting a mark upon those who sigh and cry over the abominations.
The Hebrew word Teruah emphasizes an ear-splitting sound, not necessarily referring to a source, signaling war, alarm, rejoicing, or victory. One of the most significant of the three dozen uses of Teruah is Balaam's abortive curse on Israel in which he declares "the shout of praise to their King is among the people." (Numbers 23:21) The shout from the people occurred also when the ark of the Covenant came to the camp of Israel, making the ground shake (I Samuel 4:5-7). When the ark was returned to Israel from the Philistines, shouting erupted from the elated Israelites. The prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 in which the daughter of Jerusalem was commanded to shout to their king riding on a donkey was fulfilled in Matthew 21:4-9 when Jesus triumphantly rode into Jerusalem to the dismay of the corrupt religious leaders, who will suffer severe judgment until they recognize Him as Messiah. Zephaniah, whose name means "God will conceal," describes a joyful time when Jesus Christ, the King, will join the throng of singers rejoicing (Zephaniah 3:14-17) following spontaneous, joyful shouts from His grateful subjects.
To the reprobate world, the sound of teruw'ah represents terror and war, but to God's called-out ones it is a time to render praises of happiness and great joy.
What God puts us through is designed to reveal reality to us. Accepting His doctrine without looking for loopholes will keep us true.
The ancient Israelites smugly believed that God was on their side, and that because He had not yet responded to their sins, they would be victorious.
If we would keep God's Feasts properly, we would be in sync with God's noble purpose for us, defending us from falling into apostasy and idolatry.
Several types of the abomination of desolation have occurred in history, including the desecration of the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes and the Roman legions.
God's people do a disservice to the cause of truth when they allow the media-hype to trigger a false hope about Jesus Christ's return being imminent.
Repentance and conversion leading to transforming into Christ's image depend on change. Christianity is a force for personal change, leading to universal change.
The Millennium will come about because Jesus Christ is faithful to rescue mankind from its own stupidity, putting an end to sin and rebellion.
Each depiction of the Sixth Seal also shows God's involvement with physical Israelites. John's vision precedes a glimpse of 144,000 of the tribes of Israel.
Labor-saving technology seems to have had the effect of separating us from each other and making us indifferent to things that should be important to us.
Because of its intractability, the earth will require softening up through earth-shaking events before Christ's return, symbolized by the Feast of Trumpets.
We cannot allow ourselves to become surfeited with the world's distractions, being lulled off to sleep as the foolish virgins, wasting our precious time.
The frightful Trumpet Plagues are coming on the world because of the breaking of covenants on the part of people who should have known better.
God has to know whether we will be loyal and our convictions are anchored in His law. The tests we are going through now are preparing us for His kingdom.
The story of Joseph offers lessons and encouragement regarding God's dealings with men during the time of the Feast of Trumpets.
Some of us, facing the stress of the times, may simply be going through the motions but losing every vestige of faith. We must strengthen our convictions.
The fall holy days picture various judgments by God, bringing about liberty, reconciliation, regathering, and restoration.
The prevailing view is that at the end time, God will judge between the righteous and unrighteous, consigning each to heaven or hell, an idea from paganism.
God is absolutely justified in what He decides regarding the judgment and punishment of us all. However, He is merciful and always rewards righteousness.
Distractions produce a movement toward randomness and confusion, seriously endangering one's calling. We must sharpen our focus on God and His purpose.
God wants us to remember when we were called out of bondage into virtue, when He gave us the power of His Holy Spirit to do what ancient Israel could not.
The land Sabbath is a type of the weekly Sabbath, wherein the land is given time to regenerate, and all debts (and grudges) are forgiven and slaves set free.
Here are the foundational principles to keep in mind in observing the Feasts of God throughout the year.
If we do not keep God's holy days, we will deprive ourselves of the knowledge of God's purpose. Jesus and the first century church observed and upheld these days.
C.S. Lewis once wrote, 'Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.' In light of human nature, this is very true.
We tend to forget how different holy days offerings were under the Old Covenant. However, the important part of giving offerings remains the same.
Leviticus 23 not only reveals God's holy days—it also provides, in symbol form, a detailed schematic of God's plan.