What is the “Feast of Trumpets?”
Have you ever heard of the holiday “Feast of Trumpets” or maybe its Hebrew name “Yom Teruah?” Maybe you have never heard of this holiday? Maybe you have but had no idea what it was even referring too? Maybe you have heard of it as Rosh Hashanah” a Jewish holiday. Whatever the case may be, I want to tell you a little bit about this Biblical Feast day!!
Biblical feast day? You mean it is somewhere in the Bible? Our Christian Bible? Yep!! It sure is!!!
The first mention of the day in the Bible is:
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. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
The Feast of Trumpets
**So if it is a “Memorial” what are we suppose to be remembering?
Some think that it is the anniversary of the creation of the world. Maybe it was. But this idea seems to give a logical reason also.
In Exodus chapters 19 and 20 we read the account of God’s appearance on Mount Sinai and the initial giving of the Ten Commandments. Exodus 19:5 depicts God inviting the children of Israel into a covenant: the Mosaic Covenant. In a spectacular revelation, God manifested His presence in the smoke and fire on Mount Sinai—as He came to covenant with His people amidst the sound of a trumpet that caused the people to tremble. They promised to do everything that the Lord commanded. (from The Feast of Trumpets from Jews for Jesus)
Maybe the two are one in the same day. Honestly, the Bible does not state a specific event that was to be remembered. But that actually could go along with the Jewish idiom that coincides with this particular day… the phrase “The Day That No Man Knows.”
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36)
Maybe we are not to know why exactly what was to be memorialized in the past for we are to look toward the future?
What about the future?
What does this particular Feast Day signify for future events to look toward since all feast days are “shadows of things to come?”
is a holiday that was created by God (see Leviticus 23), it is a holiday that Jesus celebrated, it is a holiday that the first Christians celebrated, it is a holiday that foreshadows the return of Jesus for His bride, and it is a holiday that the entire planet will celebrate during the 1000 year reign of Jesus on earth. (from TheTruthWins.com)
Feast of Trumpets is symbolic of the announcement of the Messiah as the Groom as He returns for His bride after having prepared His wedding chamber!
Upon completion of the wedding chamber, the bridegroom goes to get his bride at midnight with a host of people with him both shouting and blowing the shofar. (apocalypsesoon.org)
This day was referred to as the “The Day That No Man Knows.” Which refers to the uncertainty of declaring that Yom Teruah has begun. The uncertainty was because to know the exact day the new month begins, you are to literally look to the sky and wait for the first sliver of the new moon to shine. Just as the bride is supposed to be watchful waiting and ready for her Bridegroom to come for her!
- She knew the approximate timing – but the exact hour or day was uncertain.
It was customary for one of the grooms party to go ahead of the bridegroom, leading the way to the bride’s house – and shout – “Behold, the bridegroom comes.” This would be followed by the sounding of the shofar. At the sounding of the shofar the entire wedding processional would go through the streets of the city to the bride’s house.( http://messianicfellowship.50webs.com/wedding.html)
Scripturally, the trumpet has some serious significance pertaining to the Last Days.
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. (1 Corinthians 15:52)
That is a great thing to celebrate!!
What can the Feast of Trumpets mean for us now, today, spiritually?
In addition chapter ten (of Numbers) shows how the blowing of trumpets was a memorial or reminder for God. God tells Israel during a time of war when they “sound an alarm with the trumpets,” He would remember and save them “from your enemies” (verse 9). In addition God tells Israel on their days of gladness and “appointed feasts and at the beginnings of your months [The Feast of Trumpets is an appointed feast as well as the beginning day of a new month], you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the LORD your God” (verse 10). Once more the blowing of trumpets brings Israel to God’s remembrance. The sounding of trumpets during times of danger and worship, such as the Feast of Trumpets, looks like a type of prayer calling on God to remember Israel.1 (From calvinlashway.com)
Numbers 10:1-10 are the verses they are referring too in the article. Read through it to see what all the trumpets of old were used for. Pretty neat huh!
They were used to gather the congregation… and to disperse it. DIRECTING
To remember He will save us from our enemies! PROTECTION
To be used to acknowledge a day of gladness. JOY
To acknowledge the feast days and new moon sightings. DECLARING
To announce the “burnt offering” sacrifices and “peace offerings.” ANNOUNCING
“They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the Lord your God.” TESTIFYING
No wonder this is a day to shout to the Lord with the trumpets! It is to call together the people of God so we can joyously remember all the times in life He has protected us from the enemy! A day to declare we are HIS living sacrifice and that He is our God!!
Love and Blessings,
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Suggested Books References:
The Feasts of the Lord (aff link)
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