I want to share with you my understanding of the feast of trumpets. I know that it is not common among most Christians to observe or celebrate the feasts. In fact it's quite new to me. This time last year I would have had to google it. But now, you could say I have delved right into it. Holy Spirit revealed to me it's importance and I really felt led to observe the feast this year.
So let me share with you what I've learnt...
Scripture tells us that everything in the Bible points to our Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). The seven feasts are apart of that.
Romans 10:4 says
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Let me write it again substituting one word...
For Christ is the telos of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
The Greek word telos means “the point aimed at” or “the goal.” Just as a telescope points us to the stars, the Law was given so that we would be pointed to Him.
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.
So if Jesus said he must fulfil the law of Moses, the prophets and the psalms. What did Moses say...
The Law of Moses, the books of Torah, tell us about some special days in God’s calendar, days when He wants to meet with us. They are known as feasts. You can find all of the feasts mentioned in Leviticus 23, but they are also mentioned in hundreds of other places, in both the Old and New Testaments!
These feasts are days that God has chosen and instructed us to follow. They are special God appointed times. A time that He wants to meet with us!
That brings us to today...
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the Lord.”
Of all the feasts listed; the feast of trumpets - the day of blowing, is explained the least. But what we do know is this:
1. God wants to meet with us!
This should come as no surprise. Right from the very beginning God has wanted to have a relationship with us.
Scripture says He delights Himself in us. He loves us. He sent His only son to die for us. He desires for us to spend time with Him.
2. God wants to get our attention!
Hence the trumpets. Trumpets are loud and they command attention. People look to see what the noise is about.
The trumpet used by the Israelites is a rams horn also known as a shofar.
In the Bible there are a number of specific and important reasons a trumpet/shofar would sound.
A trumpet was used to:
- Call Moses up the mountain
- Call the congregation to war
- At the start of a jubilee year
- At the coronation service of a new king of Israel
- To regather the disbursed of Israel
- A warning of danger
- The coming of the Messiah
The last one is of most importance to us today; the coming of the Messiah; as we await the day that we will hear the trumpet and go up to meet Him in the air.
That brings me to:
3. This feast has a prophetic edge to it and it is yet to be fulfilled...
What does that mean?
It means that if you look into all of the 7 God appointed feasts or holy days as they are in the book of Leviticus; each one has been or will be fulfilled by Christ.
In Matt 5:17-18 Yeshua said:
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Four feasts have already been fulfilled by Christ. There are only 3 left. The feast of trumpets is the next one to be fulfilled.
The Feast of Trumpets is symbolic of the announcement of the start of the second coming of Yeshua the Messiah.
1 Thess 4:16-18 says
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Each year the feast of trumpets is a good reminder for us... It is a time to remember and know that Yeshua is coming back again soon. It is a time to be excited and to celebrate because we will soon get to meet Him face to face. Our Lord and Saviour is coming back. Hallelujah!!!
So let's worship God our Father today with everything within us and expect to meet with Him.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.