The Fall Feasts of Israel: The Feast of Trumpets
THE HIATUS: the break before Trumpets, in between. The Harvest or gleanings for the poor and the alien (Gentiles). With this specific study of the Fall Feasts and the commencing with the Feast of Trumpets, it was the break in the prophetic timeline BEFORE Trumpets that really caught my eye.
Very oddly, in the Levitical breakdown in Chapter 23, there is one verse separating the guidelines for the Spring and Fall Feasts of Israel. Leviticus 23:22 is the only verse in the chapter, at first glance, that doesn’t seem to fit in the chapter.
It says, “And when he reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather and gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and the stranger: I am the LORD (Yahweh) your God.”
And without this one verse, there would have been no Book of Ruth, no Gentiles let into the Kingdom, no “until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in,” no Jesse, no Ling David…no Jesus of Nazareth. As Christ, in His first coming, fulfilled the Passover as the Lamb that was slain, and Unleavened Bread in His sinlessness, and Firstfruits in His resurrection, and Pentecost by sending His Spirit in power…he must then fulfill and complete the “timeline” in the gap or “hiatus” as much as the Fall Feast in specific.
There we are, we tribes and nations and languages and the Gentiles of the uttermost parts of the earth, right there with provision in Leviticus. You see the gap represented in Revelation, Roman 9-11, Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, and so on. It’s like God, eternally, has made a way for the poor and the alien…us. Which, as we well know, He has. I have never been more thankful to be an alien.
Rosh Hashanah: “Head of the Year.” The civil New Year.
Tashlit—tossing bread crumbs into the sea. For sin.
Synagogues charge money for attending Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
NAMES: “Head of the Year” yet Passover is the beginning of the holy year.
“Day of Sounding the Shofar” (rebirth)
“Memorial of Blowing the Shofar.”
“Day of Remembrance”. God is remembering you.
“Day of Judgement”. The King is on His throne.
“Days of Awe”—begins 10 days toward Yom Kippur. Introspection…God is opening up the Book of Life. The good and the not-good. Believing and confessing to Yeshua is the only way.
“Feast of Trumpets”
SCRIPTURES COMMONLY READ ON TRUMPETS:
Leviticus 23:23-25. Moses gave us this holiday.
Numbers 29: How did Israel observe this holiday. A day for the blowing of trumpets. Sacrifices, etc.
Genesis 22: Akedah, sacrifice of Isaac. “God provides for you.” Verse 1, 7, 8, 13, 14. God loves to provide for your needs.
Micah 7:18-20. God forgives. Lots of Jews won’t talk about sin. This is why they throw breadcrumbs into the sea.
Psalm 29: God rules & reigns. THE DAY OF THE KING.
Psalm 81: observe this holiday…sing for joy. Blow the trumpet at the New Moon.
For two days. One long day, trying to hit when the moon was full. Reflect for 10 days. New suits. New dresses. Fellowship. Eating. Blow the Shofar. Eat apples and honey…and challah bread.
Five words that summarize this holiday to the Jew:
Regathering: this was an agricultural feast. God bringing His people in to His Kingdom. The return of the Jewish people, regathered to the land. Then it is also the regathering of the Gentiles, the Body of Messiah…the rapture. 1st Thessy. 1st Corinthians 15. The last Trumpet. The Tribulation is called Jacob’s Trouble, not the Bride’s Trouble.
Royalty—God sits as judge.
Remembrance—God remembers us…and we need to remember Him.
REPENTANCE: turn back to God. One of the major messages in the Bible. Moses, the Prophets, etc.
THE MEANING OF THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS (Messianic)
Shabbat is the most important of all Jewish Holidays: 52 times a year.
SPIRITUAL WARFARE: It has been said that the Devil does not like the sound of the shofar.
The meaning: the rejoicing in God’s victory. The shofar’s sound. Blown at the last, darkest, toughest, craziest times. There is hope! Joshua: do the impossible, cross the mighty Jordan, go into the Land…come to Jericho and knock it down.
Judges: Midianites attacked. “Mighty” Gideon. Hail, mighty man of valor, in hiding. 32,000 down to 10,000 and then down to 300. Torches & Trumpets.
THE PROPHET’S ALARM: call to attention, to gather, to be ready, eminent danger is upon us, war is upon us.
Jeremiah 4:5, 4:19
Ezekiel 7:14, 33:3
10 Days of Awe, incorporating Trumpets & Yom Kippur…two “Judgement Days”
JEWISH TRADITION says the Earth was born on Trumpets.
SHOFAR BLASTS WERE USED FOR SEVERAL REASONS IN SCRIPTURE:
Gathering, call to worship in the Temple.
Signal of war.
An alarm, warning of danger.
At the start of the Jubilee Year. (Leviticus 25:9)
At the coronation of kings (1 Kings 1:34).
It was sounded to bring Moses to the top of Sinai to receive the Commandments.