Feast of Trumpets

 

A Spiritual Overview of The Feast

from Apostle Danny Blanton

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                   Life comes around again to the Jewish high holy days.  These days span between September 23rd to October 2nd.  Rosh Hashanah is today, September 23rd and is known to the Jews as Head of the Year or New Year’s Day.  Yom Kippur is on October 2 and is known as the Day of Atonement.  The ten days between Rosh Hashanah (Feasts of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) are known as The Days of Awe.  This is a time of reflecting upon life and the need to repent before YAHveh asking forgiveness from Him and from those we have harmed.

 

.  Last year we had those among us who the academics of these times.  It was always and continues rise in my spirit that we as gentiles must appreciate these times from the academic stance but that the spiritual insight is more meaningful.  Why go through the rituals if its meaning is not appreciated?  So it falls my lot this year to lean upon the Holy Spirit for direction and insight so we may learn spiritual insights of these times. 

B.  COMMENTS:  1.  Read:         

                                      a.  Le. 23: 23-25.

                                      b.  Nu.  10: 9-10; 29:1

                                      c.  Ne. 8: 1-12 

                             2.  I take the following information from the flap of the current Jewish calendar which outlines the major Jewish holidays and their significance.  The date on the Hebrew calendar is the 1st of Tishrei

                      ( 7th Biblical month, September-October ). 

                                      “The Bible says less about the Feast of Trumpets than any of the other feasts - it was simply to be a holy day celebrated with trumpet blasts on the first day of the seventh month.  The blowing of the trumpet was associated with the calling of a solemn assembly, a warning of danger and action to be taken ( such as gathering of the troops to war ) or the arrival of a king. 

                   Over the centuries this feast - because it was the first in the series of three fall festivals considered to be the holiest time of the year - came traditionally to be called “Rosh ha-Shana” (literally “Head of the Year”), or New Years Day.  This may be connected to the events described in Nehemiah 8:1-12, called “holy” in verses 10 and 11. 

                   While this feast is not specifically mentioned in the New Testament, at least two extremely important prophetic events are described there as beginning with a trumpet blast - the “rapture” of the church (1 Thes. 4:16-18), and the return of the Lord (Mt. 24:31). 

                   The Feast of Trumpets is celebrated today with several different blasts of the “Shofar” (trumpet made from a ram’s horn).  It is a very solemn time, just preceding the holiest day of all - the Day of Atonement (“Yom Kippur”).  On Yom Kippur God’s atonement (forgiveness) is sought and His judgment is feared.  The ten days from Rosh ha-Shana through Yom Kippur are called the “Days of Awe, when one considers his/her sins before God, and enters into a period of repentance; of asking for forgiveness from God and those one has harmed; and of restitution.

                   While there is no special celebration of this feast in the church, a time of repentance, asking for forgiveness and of restitution certainly would not be out of place, especially as we await the last trump and the coming of the King of Kings.” 

                             3.  Now, concerning this information the religiously proud gentile will immediately dismiss it as a totally unnecessary direction.  But those who hunger for knowledge and insight of our Hebraic Roots will see the necessity of looking for the spiritual direction which is availed to those hungering and thirsting for righteousness.   It is a truth that we do not have to wait for the time once a year to enter the holy of holies to obtain forgiveness.  However, neither should we dismiss the yearly observance of this feast as we have in years past because there is always spiritual insight available upon which each feast centers.  A new year, either in the Jewish or the Gentile sense is a time of reflecting upon the past, presence, and future to repent and change the changeable.  As earlier stated, forgiveness is no longer available just once a year.  Why?  Because the High Priests of the Old Testament who entered the Holy of Holies once a year is now replaced by the King of Kings who has not only re-entered heaven to take up His rightful place, He resides there!  He does not come and go once a year!  You by the Holy Spirit and the Blood of the Lamb can enter the Holy of Holies, boldly, anytime you have need toBut this does not mean we should not once a year review our lives and project towards the future.  This Feast of Trumpets, Rosh ha-Shana closes the past year and announces something new is at hand.  To enter into this newness, repentance is necessary and the observers have the decreasing ten day span between the feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur to reflect and change accordingly for the future that will come. 

                             4.  Looking at this in a broad sense, it can speak to us of the coming of the King of Kings and we have between now and then to reflect, repent, change, and prepare for that event.  This of course should be a daily experience, but very seldom is.  So this is a good time to reflect upon that which is to come.  I speak in spiritual terms and the necessity of each to prepare for His coming.  Now, I do not want to look at the mechanics or the methods of this feast choosing rather to focus upon the means the Spirit Feast seeks to apprehend.  The Feasts enjoyed by the Hebrews was the means to an end producing fellowship. Fellowship among believers is one of the foremost hungers of YAHveh.  Notice the times beyond the resurrection and before His ascension when YAHshua ate with His followers.  There was always great fellowship around those Feasts. 

C.  COMMENTS:  1.  The Feast of Trumpets announces a new year is at hand. Shofars were sounded throughout the land calling the nation (of believers and followers) to prepare for the coming day of atonement, which is Yom Kippur) the day of national cleansing.  It speaks of an ending yet a beginning.  YAHveh’s endings are also new beginnings.  He closes off the old things to bring us into new things.  He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the finisher of our faith. 

                             2.  This Feast of Trumpets was a time of Sabbath rest.  This means no servile work was to be done. YAHveh’s people were to cease from their works and enter into rest.  This in a broad sense speaks of the Messiah in whom we find rest having rested from our personal and carnal endeavors.  

                             3.  Prophetic insights concerning trumpets

                                      a.  Two silver trumpets were sounded.  Silver speaks of the redemptive price of atonement.  Two is the number of testimony or the number of witnesses.  “ In the mouth of two or three witness shall very word be established. ”  This among other voices, signifies the prophetic voice of the Almighty to His people. 

                                     b.  READ, Is. 58:1 and Ho. 8:1. Prophets were told to lift their voice like a trumpet. 

                                      c.  READ, Ezek.  33: 1-7 Watchmen were told to Blow the trumpet voice of warning. 

                                      d.  READ, Re. 1:10 and 4:1The voice of YAHshua is noted as the sound of a trumpet.  With trumpet voice He calls the Church to hear what the spirit is saying to them.  (Re. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 22.   

                                      e.  READ, Ep.  4:8-16The five-fold ministries sound the word of Elohim.   

                                      f.  This Feast of Trumpets occurs in the seventh month.  Seven is the number of perfection and fulness.  In the Feast of Trumpets the believer is brought to the fulness of the Godhead.  Seven Messengers blow seven trumpets in the book of Revelation.  At the sounding of the seventh trumpet the ark of YAHveh is seen in the heavenly sanctuary (Re. 8-11) all of which speaks of the coming of YAHshua.  Let this be the time you are reminded, HE IS COMING AGAIN

                                      g.  The truths sounded by the continuing voice of trumpets (if you can understand this) signifies the maturing and perfecting of the Believers.  It sounds the fact of the coming harvest and ingatheringThe Lord is coming in glory to receive His bride.  The Trumpet sound is a call to complete the cleansing.  It is a call to holiness, and separation unto the Lord.   

                                      h.  We sing the song, “ Now is the Time ” and it focuses on faith and that is good.  But let me say that at the sounding of the trumpets announcing the coming atonement and ingathering, NOW IS THE TIME for the Church to prepare itself, return to holiness, cleanse yourself, separate yourself unto YAHshua, repent and be purified, the time of the return of the Lord is not far away   

D.  COMMENTS:  1.  There are ten days between the blowing of trumpets and the Feast of Atonement.  These were days of preparation.  All the people were responsible to get ready and to prepare their hearts for the Day of Atonement.  They had to work out their salvation with fear and trembling.  We are now told by The Holy Spirit to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” beyond the announcement of our salvation, which is the sounding by the voice of the messenger that brings us the good news.  That voice continues to sound in this hour that an hour is coming, yea, is now even at hand.  The Lord is coming, prepare ye your hearts! 

                             2.  One of the most significant things noted in this Feast of Trumpets is that is points us towards the Tabernacle. 

Therein we see a photo of Messiah in the: 

                                      -  The golden censer

                                      -  The washing of water

                                      -  The linen garments

                                      -  The sacrifices of that day

                                      -  The atoning ministry

                                      -  Only the high priest works the atonement

                                      -  The entrance within the veil

                                      -  The sprinkling of the blood seven times

                                      -  The scapegoat

                                      -  The disposal of the bodies of sin offering taken without the camp.                            

                             3.  Trumpets sound the coming of Messiah in all of His glory, which is ministry, and in all of His honor, which is His submission and obedience.  He is coming to the detriment of sinners and to the joy of believers.  Sound the alarm in my Holy MountainIt is not in the sounding of the trumpet ( shofar ) for the sake of individual recognition and ministry position, rather the sounding of the trumpets

( shofars ) speaks to hearts, to prepare ye the way of the Lord. 

FEASTRosh ha-Shana - THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS. 

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: 

          -  Jewish New Year

          -  Blowing of the Shofar

          -  Day of the awakening comes with the sound or blast

          -  Trumpet is blown to warn the people to repent and return to

             YAHveh 

MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT: 

          -  The coming of Messiah is associated with a shout or trumpet blast

          -  The resurrection of the dead 

SPIRITUAL APPLICATION: 

          -  Hear the calling of YAHveh upon our lives.

          -  Repent and turn to the Lord.

          -  Awake, o sleeper, arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you - Ephesians 5:14 

The Church or individual that professes to be spiritual must not be swallowed up by the process of Feasts and such but must focus on the spiritual content of each to gain proper revelation of the hour at hand. 

Next weekend we will look at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  Last year I ministered on the cause and affect of this Feast and what it means in Messiah.  Yom Kippur is a time of planting because a new season is at hand and the results come in the spring and early summer.  We gained three new pieces of property since the last observance of Yom Kippur in this house.  What does He have in store for us next year?  What monies are you willing to plan this year?    It is now the year of the Holy Spirit and His presence among us in a deeper dimension.  Prepare yourself over the next week in prayer and supplication.  Repent and mend some broken relationships.  Now is the time. 

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