Tonight at sundown will mark the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets. In the Old Testament, God gave Israel 7 feasts to celebrate and commemorate throughout the year. 7 is the number of perfection and completion. The calendar of feasts all together are the plan of God to redeem man and establish peace and righteousness upon the earth.
The significance of the Feast of Trumpets is huge. First, for Israel, the feast signified the beginning of the seventh/Sabbatical month. It was the end of the harvest and God gathered His people to worship Him at the sound of that Trumpet. The trumpet would be sounded at the sighting of the new moon. The sighting of the new moon would happen either on the 29 or 30 day of the month. So no one knew the day or the hour that it would be sounded. They knew the season but did not know the exact day or hour. Jesus used this phrase in reference to His return for His people. (Matthew 25:13)
The Apostle Paul exhorted the church at Thessalonica to watch and wait for a sound of the last trumpet, the Trumpet of God. In Thessalonians 4:16-17, Paul tells us that the sound of that trumpet, that the Lord would descend to gather His people to meet Him in in the air. This an event called the rapture. The word "Rapture" is taken from the Latin word in the Vulgate from the Greek New Testament word "harpazo", which means "caught up".
The picture of the Feast of Trumpets was always the beginning of a time of rest and an end to work of the harvest. Jesus will fully fulfill the Feast of Trumpets as He has perfectly fulfilled all the other feasts and right on time. Where we are in the calendar of Feasts in terms of Jesus fulfilling them is that we are right now in the summer harvest that was begun on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after the crucifixion/Passover. The spring feasts have been fulfilled. The next feast on the calendar is the Feast of Trumpets. I go through in detail the 7 feasts of Leviticus 23 in detail in my book "Who Is Jesus?" Check it out at jesusidenity.com.
We are taught in Scripture to be ready for the last trumpet, the time of the upward call of God to his people to meet Him in the air and we will be with the Lord forever. As Paul the Apostle exhorts us, "Comfort each other with these words."
By: Charles Nestor II
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