The Feast of Trumpets, 2017
September 21 – Thursday night at sunset will usher in Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets which will be celebrated for 2 days. It begins the Hebrew calendar for the Fall Feasts to kick off the Hebrew civil year. Unlike the American new year, the Feast of Trumpets is not a time of joyous revelry but rather one of introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and setting a resolve to do things differently this year.
As many of you already know, there are two new years within the Hebrew calendar system. The Spring of March/April (Nisan) ushers in the Religious new year and the Fall of September/October (Tishrei) ushers in the Civil new year. Before I even understood the structure of the Hebrew calendar, I would naturally do a “Spring cleaning” in March/April during Spring Break and then as school would start in the Fall, I would do another inventory and reorganizing of my home.
Spiritually speaking, the Feast of Trumpets is a time to order one’s house (soul) by emptying ourselves of our SELF LIFE in order to make room in the inn (spirit) to birth Christ within us for the NEW LIFE (2 Cor. 5:17). What is very interesting this year is that on August 21 (Solar Eclipse) began Elul 1. In Hebrew life, 30 days prior to Tishrei 1, preparations would start to get ready for the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) 40 days later.
During the first two days, the shofar and the silver trumpet of the priests would be blown about 100 times throughout the two days to awaken and alert the people of an appointed time to meet with God. Thus, following the Feast of Trumpets, the 10 Days of Awe begins. These 10 days are fasting days to examine oneself and to repent of anything in our lives that would be going against God’s will and ways.
There is this tradition that on the 10th day, all the books are closed and finalize the ruling or judgment of God for each of us. This final ruling of the Day of Atonement will then determine our place of seating for the Feast of Tabernacles that will arrive 5 days later. The Feast of Tabernacles is like the Wedding Banquet of the spotless Bride (Mature Christians) and the Groom (Jesus). [More about the Feast of Tabernacles in my next post.]
Therefore, when Paul speaks about the “last trump,” (I Cor. 15:52) he is referring to this time of the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets is on the 7th month which ends the religious year and begins the civil year all rolled up in one. The first day of each month (Rosh Chodesh), a trumpet is blown to signify that a new month has begun. So a trumpet is blown on the first day of Nisan, Iyar, Silvan, Tamuz, Av, Elul and finally Tishrei.
This last trump is speaking of the 7th trumpet that is blown that ends the religious new year. Thus, the last trumpet is blown on the Feast of Trumpets. This blowing of the “last trump” has nothing to do with the rapture of the church like many believe. This blowing of the trumpet has everything to do with the dead in Christ rising first (I Thess. 4:16).
In like manner, it has to do with the 7th Month and the 7th Trumpet blast of Rosh Chodesh of Tishrei. When you study the meaning of the Hebrew Fall Feasts, it outlines the events of the Second Coming of Christ. It is a process, and it follows the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles in its precise details.
Due to the lack of understanding of the Feast Days with the Pre-Trib. Rapture teachers, they have confused the various events of the Second Coming of Christ to only one main event = the church being raptured out of the earth in a twinkling of an eye when this “mysterious” trumpet blows in the skies.
This type of quick flash teaching has harmed the church from hearing and learning about the real meaning of the last trumpet call. This trumpet call has Old Testament history and past scriptural background connected to the Feast of Trumpets. Paul and his readers would have understood this cultural backdrop. However, it has been grievously lost within our time.
Another phenomenon besides the Solar Eclipse of August 21 is the constellation of Virgo on September 23. (9/22 ushers in the first day of Fall – Equinox). Signs in the heavens are blaring at us to reveal things to us. God wants us to know, but who has “ears to hear” and “eyes to see”? Because so many prophecy teachers do not understand the Feast Days and the many events that will lead up to Christ’s Second Coming, their main understanding is that this sign must be the rapture of the church.
Again, this Virgo sign of Jupiter being birth out of its womb is not the sign of Jesus returning to the earth. Remember, Mystery Babylon still has to fall (Rev. 17 – 18). There will be many signs before Christ actually returns. We must be taught to recognize and to be aware of each different sign that will lead us to be ready for Christ’s ultimate glorious return on earth. More signs will be coming to help His Bride get herself pure and spotless. The Spirit is trying to prepare us for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb!
I believe that this September 23 sign is foretelling a new season of transition for God’s chosen people. Many of you have been held back in promotions, opportunities and leadership not by people but by the very Hand of God. He has done this to reserve you for “such a time as this.” You have been waiting on the sidelines or sitting on the bench because it hasn’t been your time to play. Things are going to change for you!
All this time has been a preparation time to make you into the right, new wine skin. Many believers have old wine skin, and it will bust because they cannot reorient themselves to the whole counsel of God. Rather, they have fixed themselves upon the traditions and teachings of men instead. Many will need to unlearn past teachings of men so that they can rightly discern the right teachings from God. Much fasting and prayer is needed for this type of transition to take place. Will you join me with countless others in fasting and prayer for the preparation of new wine skins during the first 10 days of this Fall Feast season?
“The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:15 – 17