Typical of all the Festivals of Yehovah, the Day of Trumpets typifies heavenly realities. As a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning, the Festivals of Yehovah are celebrations that are, according to Yehovah’s commandments (He. 8:5, He.9:9-11, He. 10:1) to follow certain directions pertaining to when and how they are to be celebrated. Then, if the worshipper is obedient to the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment of the Scripture, the worshipper’s celebration of the festival will give a full and accurate picture of heavenly realities that Yehovah embodied in the festival. The celebration of the various festivals opens the way for redeemed souls, although natural and very finite, to cooperate in a physical - tangible manner to rehearse the invaluable spiritual realities that Yehovah designed the festivals to represent.
The Day of Trumpets is the first of the “fall” Festivals of Yehovah, and as the prior festivals mark heavenly realities that took place in the first part of the execution of Yehovah’s plan of redemption, the fall festivals are to signal what will transpire in the latter portion of Yehovah’s dealing with man during man’s allotment of 7,000 years on this present earth.
One day, in the not too distant future, life will be interrupted as never before. The setting for this event will be when the anti-Messiah through deception and guile, playing on the weaknesses of unbelieving people will subjugate the peoples of the world like no other tyrant ever has since the beginning of nations. He will be a devilish man like no other. He will set himself up in Jerusalem as king over the whole earth. Yes, that is how bold this man will be, he will set himself up as king of the earth, even making Yehovah’s city his capitol. Being utterly confused and lost, beyond any man that has ever lived, he will go so far as to proclaim himself to be God. But let us not worry, for his folly will be shorted lived. This man of sin will not be great, he will be devilish beyond imagination or description. He will ruthlessly persecute the people of God, seeking to wipe them from the face of the earth. BUT, they will pray! They will cry out to God, and when it is time Yeshua will return for His own, bringing deliverance to them.
Suddenly, as bold and obvious as lighting in the sky Yeshua will appear with His holy angels. They will then gather from every nation of the earth all those that belong to Yeshua, but not until all the dead in Messiah will hear His voice and come forth from their graves. Those who will be alive at Yeshua’s coming will in the twinkling of an eye be changed, they will take on glorious heavenly bodies, and they will join those who have been resurrected, and together they will rise to meet the Lord in the air. Thus the people of God will ever be in the presence of the Lord. What a day that will be. A day like no other!
Let Us Repeat Some Points Of Reasoning As To Why The Believer Should
Celebrate The Festivals Of Yehovah, Expressly That Of The Day Of Trumpets?
To start with, it is commanded in the Law, (Torah) and the Law has never been made void, and Mighty One is reflected in the Law, for He is Law. As certainly as God is love, God is also law. The commandments of God are simply and purely a reflection of His person, and His purposes. (Ro. 3:31, Ga. 3:24, He. 8:5, He. 10:1, He. 8:10)
Yeshua celebrated the festivals, and with that being said, should not those that claim to know Him, follow in His steps? In other words, do as He has done? Should not the student follow the Teacher? Should not the servant follow his Lord? (1 John 2:6) Is that not the whole point of Christianity, to be like Yeshua? (Mat. 10:24-25, Romans 8:29, Eph. 5:1)
The early Apostles and the early Church celebrated the festivals. Is not the faith of the Christian built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Yeshua Himself being the chief corner stone? If the celebration of the holy days was a priority for them, should we not follow the example of their faith? (1 Co. 4:16, 1 Co. 11:1, Col. 2:16-17, 1 Thes.1:6, 1 Thes. 2:14, Heb. 6:12, 1 Pet. 3:13)
Shouldn’t we as Believers want to turn from the errant and shallow traditions of men, howbeit some are very “religious” in nature, in order to turn and worship God in a more excellent manner? Did not Yeshua in the time of His ministry on earth rebuke the religious leaders for their practices, and the commanding of their man centered traditions? If we hold to the shallow and errant traditions of men in our worship of God are we not hypocrites like the Pharisees whom Yeshua rebuked? (Mat. 15: 2-9, Mk. 7:1-14, Jo 4:20-24) Truth and Tradition by Michael Rood
- Are we not the children of Abraham if we walk in the faith of Abraham? (Ro 2: 26-29, Ro. 4:1-25) Since we are the children of Abraham by faith, we are then the household of faith, and therefore, should we not by faith obey the commandments of God given to the faithful?
The trumpet was used in Scripture as an instrument to signal very important announcements, (Num. 10:1-10) and very often that of warning, to alert the people that judgment from Yehovah was at hand. (Ez, 33:1-5, Ho. 8:1) Yehovah in His mercy has from the beginning provided man with many warnings, for Yehovah has not ever been, nor is He now willing that any perish in their sins. (1 Tim. 2:4, Ez. 33:11) He would have all men to come to repentance. Messiah Himself never came into the world to condemn men, but rather that men might be saved. (Jo. 3:16-21) The celebration of the Day of Trumpets stands yearly signaling both a very important announcement, and that of a warning to the unfaithful that the day of judgment is at hand. The Day of Trumpets stands as a year by year rehearsal (Lev. 23:2—note: “holy convocation” as used in the King James Bible means “public rehearsal” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and Dictionary-number 4744) of the eventual reality of the trumpet of God being sounded, which trumpet will announce the final and complete deliverance and exaltation for the faithful, and the commencement of the destruction which will come upon the unfaithful who have refused to acknowledge the gospel of the Messiah. (1 Thes. 4:14-18, Da. 7:26-28, Zech. 14: 1-21, Rev. 19: 11-21)
The Day of Trumpets is referred to as Yom Teruah by the Hebrews. It is also referred to as Rosh HaShannah (Head or beginning of the year) by many Jews, however that is an obvious falsehood, for the Scripture clearly teaches that Yehovah commanded that the head of the year was/is to be when the barley was/is aviv (An agricultural term used to signal a certain maturity level in the barley--Ex. 12:2, Ex. 13:3, Ex. 34:18, Deut. 16:1-abib is the old English spelling) in the land of Israel, which is in the spring of the year.
As all the Festivals of Yehovah the Day of Trumpets offers exceeding meaning and promise, and therefore excitement and anticipation for every soul who by the Holy Spirit is in tune with the promises of the Messiah. (Col. 2:16) It will be the day of our glory, the day of our exaltation. It will be the day when the Mighty One resurrects every Believer from every generation back to physical life. (Col. 3:4, 1 Thes. 2:12, 2 Tim. 2:10, He. 2:9) It will be the day when those faithful who are alive on the earth at Messiah’s coming will be, in a twinkling of an eye changed. (1 Co. 15:51-52) It will be the day the mortal will put on immortality, the corrupt will put on incorruption, and the vile will put on perfection. It will be the day when man’s great and overpowering enemy- death- is completely vanquished for the Believer. (1 Co. 15:50-58)
Words will ever fail, words will never be able to express the magnitude of that day, and the glory that will be revealed in every soul who has embraced Messiah. We will have to be there to experience it, it is meant of Yehovah to be experienced. Today we celebrate and speak of it by faith, but when that time comes we who embrace Yeshua will experience it. These reasons are why we celebrate the Day of Trumpets, to work to ensure that in no wise we fail the grace of God, and are therefore found un-worthy to be called one of His on that day. (He. 3:12-19)
An American Watchman,
Gregory A DeHart