The Feasts of the Lord
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Dr., Can you help me understand the FEAST OF TRUMPETS?
Glad you asked. I have previously answered the request to understand the first four mandatory Jewish feasts that Moses passed to the Israelis: UNLEAVENED BREAD, PASSOVER, FIRST FRUITS, AND PENTECOST. There are seven feasts God said, when Israelis were to present themselves at the temple in Jerusalem. One can see that such an event would test their allegiance and faithfulness to God as members of the BLOOD COVENANT. See Deut 16.16-17, “Three times in a year shall thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place that He shall choose (Jerusalem); in the feast of Unleavened Bread (includes Passover and First Fruits during an eight-day period) and in the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost, 50 days after the Sabbath after the Feast of First Fruits), and in the Feast of Tabernacles (includes the feasts of Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles during a fifteen-day period): and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which He hath given thee.” Parentheses are mine. Jesus fulfilled the feasts on the day of the feast and in the same year. We can expect the same for each of the last three feasts.
Associated Events. Little known are the facts that the feasts also herald the development of a child in the womb from conception to seven and one-half months after-wards, but not the birth. If an ideal Jewish calendar is followed, conception (and the planting of an agricultural seed) would be at Passover, and then it would germinate, i.e., attach itself in the womb, and be a viable fetus. A seed in the ground if exposed, one could see that the seed was rooting and becoming a seedling. It would appear above ground in three to four days. Compare the developing child to Jesus and the grave. He arose the third day (the feast of first fruits) and is the first fruits of the grave, rising on the first day of the week, i.e., on the day now known as Easter. The Jewish Book of Why says that the feast is always on the first day of the week, our Sunday. A sabbath day, always follows theFfeast of Unleavened Bread. Sunday is the eighth day and is when a Sacred Assembly is called.
The next feast is Pentecost. See Joel’s prophecy, Joel 2.1-3.21. This feast is also referred to as the Feast of First Fruits again, i.e., a feast of harvest. The child, if pictured in the womb, is plainly a human-being with extremities developing, plus a heart beat. This feast marks not the birth but the empowering of the body of Christ. These 50 days are like an incubation period for the church. The Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples, and is now to all believers who ask for such (seeLk 11.13).The birth of the church, it seems to me, was when the first students (disciples) were called and followed Jesus the Teacher. A profession of faith in Jesus as Messiah is the evident birth of the Church. See Mt 16.16-19.
The Feast of Trumpets, on Rosh Hashanah, (1st day of 7th month) the head (rosh) of the Jewish civic year, the child in the womb can hear, such as hearing a trumpet sound, and will be able to hear and even distinguish the voice of a parent. Two witnesses announced that the new moon had arisen, “it is sanctified,” and trumpets were blown through the day. This feast and the next two, the Feast of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles, are included in the third time the males were to present themselves to the Lord in Jerusalem. These three together are called the Feast of Tabernacles. During the ten days of atonement, worshipers seek out in their lives needed repentance, this being the last chance to do good works for their names to be written in the book of life for the following year’s blessings of prosperity. This day is celebrated also as 1) a day celebrating the return of the Jews to their promised land and 2) a day when God judges mankind. It was a day when many could be seen on the streets wearing a death shroud. Three books were to be opened: 1) one for the completely righteous, 2) one for the completely wicked: the book of death, and 3) one for the average persons kept in suspension from Rosh Hashanah to the day of atonement (Yom Kippur). If deserving, those in the last group are entered into the book of life, if not, the book of death. Devout Israelis tend to be very nervous. Will the Messiah come this year?
Yet to come: understanding the feast of Atonement, ten days after Trumpets, then the day of the Feast of Tabernacles, fifteen days after Trumpets. Questions and comments welcome.
Rx for life: Note that the feasts are not arbitrarily set. The Lord wrote His name upon and in our flesh and in and on all creation. God warned Moses to follow His blueprint. It cannot be improved upon.
Lyn Barnes, CH(LTC) USA Ret, DMin, MDiv, MS, BS, USCGSC, UACHSCH, MOG